CEST tool update comes under fire

HMRC has released its tweaked check employment status for tax (CEST) tool, with some stakeholders maintaining the claim that it is not fit for purpose. The tool was first introduced in 2017 as part of the extension to the off-payroll rules that applied to the public...

HMRC issues tax return scam warning

Taxpayers who have yet to submit their 2018/19 tax return through self-assessment are being warned about fraudulent scams. HMRC has warned millions of taxpayers to be on their guard ahead of the deadline at midnight on 31 January 2020. Over the last year, the Revenue...

Temporary fix to cover doctors’ pension tax bills

Ministers have reportedly signed off a temporary plan to cover the pension tax bills of medical professionals in England, according to various media reports. The interim measure aims to tempt doctors and consultants back into accepting overtime shifts ahead of a...

‘Delay off-payroll extension until 2021’

The extension of off-payroll (IR35) rules to the private sector in April 2020 should be delayed by a year, following the cancellation of Budget 2019. Chancellor Sajid Javid intended to deliver his first Budget speech on Wednesday, 6 November, only for it to be...

Technology ‘to transform house purchases’

Prospective house buyers could soon be able to use new digital technology that weighs up key metrics before purchasing a property. Housing minister Esther McVey wants to usher in a digital transformation of the property sector, which would also link builders to...