LONG-SERVING public officials are cutting their tax bills by being paid through their own companies.
A leaked review initiated by chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has found that 2,000 senior officials are paid through their own company structures, rather than taxed directly through PAYE.
Of those, 800 have worked for their department for more than two years. A further 400 have worked for more than a year.
The Treasury wants longer term ‘off payroll’ contracts earning more than £220 a day to prove they are paying full income tax and NI, reports Press Association.
Departments that fail to better manage the contracts will face sanctions of up to five times the contract paid.
CIot urges HMRC to consider a delay to the 1 September 2017 introduction of its new corporate offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion
HMRC intends to extend the date for withdrawal of transitional relief on investment growth from 30 November 2016 to 31 March 2017
The current business rates system is over-complex and reform is needed, but reforms should focus first of all on simplifying the appeals process, particularly for businesses which are subject to business rates exemption
The CIoT has called on the government to rethink its approach to ensuring online sellers pay the correct amount of VAT.