You may have heard of this latest new initiative from HMRC sometimes referred to simply as MTD – here we look at what this is and how it will impact you and your business.
Automatic enrolment legislation will affect all employers with at least one member of staff in the UK. An employer’s duties will “switch on” from their staging date. By now, many small businesses have received their letter from the pensions regulator with their staging date. If you don’t know yours yet, please contact us and we can confirm this for you.
Those who work in the public sector will be only too well aware of the additional scrutiny on the use of freelancers and how they operate their tax affairs.
Over the last year, we have received calls from clients who have been asked to provide assurances about their IR35 status and tax affairs.
Our advice has been:
- Ensure your contracts are reviewed for IR35 – we would suggest this is carried out by independent expert providers rather than using the HMRC helpline and,
- Assuming this review concludes they are operating outside of IR35 – then using a mixture of salary and dividends for extracting funds out of a limited company remains a robust and effective mechanism for achieving tax efficiency.
What happened in the Autumn Statement 2016?
What is it all about?
This ruling by the Revenue attempts to capture tax lost whereby individuals have set themselves up as Limited Companies supplying services but in reality are performing a task for a client in a manner similar to being an employee.