now that’s an expensive comment to have made

[picappgallerysingle id=”1633994″ align=”left”] In our June 2009 newsletter we reported the case of Linda Sturdy, a senior NHS manager who was passed over for promotion because of her age. Unfortunately, when told that she was 57 a manager commented “I didn’t realise you were so old”. The upshot was that she received an award for…

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IR35 on the way out? Good news for freelancers

[picappgallerysingle id=”285602″ align=”left”]Hidden away in the coalition agreement is the following: We will review IR35, as part of a wholesale review of all small business taxation, and seek to replace it with simpler measures that prevent tax avoidance but do not place undue administrative burdens or uncertainty on the self-employed, or restrict labour market flexibility.…

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“salary sacrifices” could cost British employers £500m in unpaid VAT

[picappgallerysingle id=”2916067″ align=”left”] Salary sacrifice schemes have been heavily promoted in recent years as a more imaginative and beneficial way of providing employee benefits. Schemes typically cover pension contributions, childcare vouchers, staff meals, cycle-to-work schemes and public travel allowances. Such arrangements have also been regarded as tax efficient. However, the overall benefit of such schemes…

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