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its called IR35 I mentioned it a couple posts ago. Doesn't matter if ltd co or sole trader same rules apply.


If your 'client' sets your time and place of work 3 days out of 5 you will have a hard time saying your not an employee.

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On 06/05/2019 at 11:52, Jamie Jones said:

But a few years ago my accountant stated that I was getting close to the point where I would have to approach the customer for a full time position (Which would mean that they would drop me and use other). If I crossed the threshold your accountant is duty bound to inform the tax man of your situation.

The only way that I can see you can get around this is by being a limited company. But If I am correct this can still cause problems. In the Building / Construction Industry contractors on major construction site are often taxed at source.


I think your accountant is being a bit soft. If you were actively seeking work from other sources and did work for more than one person then HMRC would struggle imho. 


With regards to a limited company being taxed at source under  CIS, a company that pays its tax on time is likely to be granted gross status so deduction at source would not be a problem.

Even if the the company was subject to CIS deduction at standard rate you can claim it back through the company's paye scheme.


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HMRC should sod off n stop botherin hard workin people who do actually pay their tax, however they earn or work. Got nailed fr over 500 clams last month cost of change in tax number. AFTER i had already submitted my Self-assessment ! ( Jan 19 ) K

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