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Tales of the unexpected

26 October 2010 / Ellie Gamble , Francesca Lagerberg
Issue: 4278 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , Employees , Income Tax
ELLIE GAMBLE and FRANCESCA LAGERBERG unveil employment tax horrors


  • Might self-employed contractors turn out to be employees?
  • The inexpertly performed salary sacrifice.
  • A dividend transmutes into something NICable.
  • An HMRC visitation.
  • Scary developments on the PAYE front.

These are dark times there is no denying: ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night. What keeps you awake when you should really have long since gone to sleep? Is it the creaking stairs? Or is it that lurking tax fear that comes back to haunt you?

Here are nine cautionary tales of things that may keep an employer awake into the early hours.

Nightmare 1: employment status

Is there magic in a name? It doesn’t matter what we call our workers or how we treat them for tax purposes because in the end ...

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