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Work Smarter, Increase Profitability, Re-Invest Wisely

We’ll help you develop clear long, medium and short term goals for what you
want to achieve and develop a roadmap to get you there.

Tailored Advice For Your Business Needs

We act for a wide range of businesses and offer services and packages
ideally tailored to suit your requirements.

Employment Status

Getting employment status wrong is
one of the most expensive tax mistakes

The question as to whether someone is employed or self employed is not as straightforward as it might at first appear. Many people assume they are free to choose, but this is not the case.

Although there is no clear-cut answer as to how you decide if you are self-employed or not, the following should be on your checklist

Fundamental factors to consider:

  • Control;
  • The right to get a substitute or helper to do the job;
  • Mutuality of obligations.

Other factors to consider:

  • Provision of equipment;
  • Financial Risk;
  • Basis of Payment
  • Opportunity to profit from sound management;
  • Part and parcel of the organisation;
  • Right of dismissal;
  • Employee benefits;
  • Intention of the parties;
  • Length of engagement.

These are often matters of general employment law, and not specific tax legislation. There is an enormous amount of Case Law in this area and HMRC are not always right. HMRC do not have the final say on whether somebody is self-employed or not. We can argue your case and take it before the Tax Commissioners for you.

The cost if you get it wrong is enormous. Not only is there the question of employees and employers national insurance, being classified as an employee also gives rise to all sorts of employment rights such as holiday pay, maternity pay, unfair dismissal etc. The decision has to be made by the employer and if you get it wrong it is going to be very hard to recover the back tax, interest, penalties etc from the worker.

We can review your existing arrangements and give you our opinion on whether it will stand up to attack from the Taxman. We can help advise on contracts for services to assist you and advise on how you can maximise your chances.

Next Step

Please contact us if you need further advice, have any questions about our services or would like a free consultation.

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All initial consultations are free of charge. We are here to help young and growing as well as established businesses to realise their full potential.

We believe that all entrepreneurs have an inherent genie which we try to help them realise to release.