Leading trade body All Umbrella Companies Are Equal (AUCAE) have been invited to assist the Treasury with their review of the issues surrounding employment status and will shortly be meeting with the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) for initial discussions. The OTS wish to consider whether the UK’s current employment status tests produce meaningful results and determine if there are any discrepancies between industry sectors/job types. They will also be examining how well the existing rules and guidelines work in situations where individuals have multiple roles.
As a representative of over 30% of UK umbrella company providers supplying services to the freelance market, AUCAE are well positioned to contribute valuable input to the debate. Wesley Scott of Liberty Bishop and member of AUCAE stated; “an area of particular interest to the group is the issue of the UK’s changing working patterns in recent years and how the growth of contracting impacts upon employment status processes.”
AUCAE are looking forward to providing feedback on the practicalities and routes through which individuals and businesses can engage with HMRC in order to obtain advice and guidance. Scott continues; “Our participation in this review follows previous involvement in government consultation processes (most recently the Offshore and Onshore Employment intermediaries “round-table” discussions) and forms part of our ongoing commitment to compliance and transparency within the tax system.”