Business Payment Support Service

Business Payment Support Service (BPSS) was launched on 24 November 2008. This service is designed to support businesses having trouble payment their tax bills in the current economic crisis.
Very important to realise is that this service does not deal with anyone that has already made a payment arrangement with HMRC .
Also, the BPSS does not deal with you if HMRC has already got in touch with you regarding an overdue payment.
In order for the BPSS to be able to help your business, you need to contact them before the tax, VAT, Corporation Tax, Pay As You Earn or National Insurance contributions liabilities are due.
You can contact them seven days a week on 0845 302 1435.
According to HMRC, this service “designed to assist all businesses (large and small) that will be unable to pay their tax. The service is primarily available to self-employed people and companies but can be used by any of your clients who are having difficulty in meeting their tax liabilities. It covers most taxes and duties including Income Tax, Corporation Tax, VAT, PAYE and National Insurance.”
The Payment Support service only applies to businesses that cannot genuinely meet their tax payments on time and they are likely to pay their tax over a longer period of time.
Also according to HMRC, “ surcharge(s) can be avoided on late payment of income tax where a Time to Pay agreement is entered into before the relevant surcharge date AND the terms of the agreement are adhered to.”
Although surcharges can be avoided, interest on late payment will be charged in the normal way.
If you would like to know more about this service , you can follow this link.
Taxfile‘s tax agents in South London and Exeter can discuss your business position with HMRC on your behalf and arrange a Time to Pay agreement.

Taxfile: Introduction to IR35

IR35 is an Intermediaries legislation which took effect from April 2000.
According to HMRC, the aim of IR35 is “to eliminate the avoidance of tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) through the use of intermediaries, such as Personal Service Companies or partnerships, in circumstances where an individual worker would otherwise –
•For tax purposes, be regarded as an employee of the client; and
•For NICs purposes, be regarded as employed in employed earner’s employment by the client.”

Before the introduction of this tax legislation, workers/contractors who owned their own companies were allowed to receive payments from clients direct to the company and then distribute the profits as dividends, which are not subject to National Insurance payments.

The IR35 does not focus on a certain profession or occupation. It mainly targets people working through service companies like medical staff, teachers , legal and accountancy staff, construction industry workers, IT contractors, engineering contractors, clerical workers, etc.

Through this legislation, HMRC is trying to make sure that taxpayers meet their obligations to pay the correct tax and NI: “we [HMRC] have a duty to ensure things are put right for the past and, where appropriate, for the future. Interest and penalties may be charged on any additional tax/NICs due as a result of any review or enquiry.”

So Whether you are caught by IR depends on a number of factors. It is a very complex tax area and legal advice is essential in order to protect your interests.