Stop £2.5bn construction tax dodge

Ucatt, the construction union, has called for the chancellor to crack down on
builders registering themselves as self-employed when they are really working
for contractors.

The practice costs the UK £2.5bn a year,
Times reported

The union estimates that 40% of Britain’s 2.2 million building workers
operate falsely as self-employed. Ucatt argues that workers are not properly
self-employed if they have to carry out orders; have stated hours of work; have
regular work that they cannot turn down; and are provided with equipment.

The government’s
industry scheme
(CIS), which comes in this year, is aimed at cutting down on
such abuse.

The CIS puts the onus on
contractors to update their employees details on a monthly basis.

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