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Let Us Consult Sensibly

21 November 2000
Issue: 3783 / Categories:
David Brodie FCA, Hon FTII argues that the Revenue's consultation paper, 'Starting up in Business', contains potentially beneficial proposals.

'Starting up in Business' contains potentially beneficial proposals.
As one who spends much of his working life advising self-employed workers on the lowest incomes I rarely support proposals that would impose further burdens on this sector but I do feel that the Revenue's recent consultation paper 'Starting up in Business' deserves a more positive response than it has received in the professional press to date.
The document puts forward 'proposals for:
 streamlining the process for the newly self-employed to register for National Insurance contributions purposes and for this registration to trigger provision of information and support to them;
 improving that information and support; and
 making the existing requirement for newly self-employed people to register for National Insurance contributions purposes more effective by imposing a fixed penalty if it is not done within a reasonable time.'
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