Contractors and agency workers could soon be forced to pay more in tax and National Insurance under changes put forward by the Government.
What is IR35?
Inland Revenue 35 was originally introduced in 2000. Its aim was to prevent individuals from setting up as a company and not paying tax and National Insurance contributions. Before this ruling, a worker could leave their job as an employee and start the same role the following day as a limited company.
Payroll is at the heart of any business. It is the one financial function of any business that must be punctual and accurate. It also has enormous potential for assisting in other areas of the business.
Even a small delay in paying staff can trigger a range of consequences from staff discontent through to full-scale industrial action. An underpayment or overpayment to an employee can cause problems as the employee will demand prompt correction and have a negative view of the company. Sometimes there are legal and practical reasons which prevent you from recovering an overpayment.
When the time comes to complete your Self Assessment Tax Return, you have 2 options.
1 - Do it yourself
2 - Outsource it
But which do you choose?
Well, it all boils down to time. What you need to do is to take an estimate of how long it will take you. Say your Sole Trader Accounts are particularly complicated, with a lot of money coming in, and a lot of expenses going out of your business.
VAT Return Tips For Your Business - 10 Ways to Save Money and Time on VAT Returns
1. Pay VAT on time
Avoid penalties by paying VAT on time. If your VAT return is late, HMRC will make you pay a percentage of the unpaid VAT at the due date. You will not be charged the first time this happens but you a warning will be issued. If it occurs again within the following 12 months, an assessment will be made to determine a surcharge of up to 15%.