Taxman clarifies position on funeral staff

Guidance has finally been issued by HM Revenue & Customs that should end
uncertainly surrounding the employment status of grave diggers, choristers and
organists who receive payments on a regular basis from funeral directors.

HMRC was concerned that much of the money was not subjected to tax, but has
now clarified when the peripheral workers at a funeral might be classified as

This includes where an organist, for example, is free to work for other
funeral directors.

The guidance also warns undertakers that they must keep records of payments
so that they can present an audit trail.

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