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.
Introduced in 2013 to encourage R&D investment, the scheme allows UK businesses to pay only 10% corporation tax on profits derived from any UK or certain EU patents
Yet, KPMG’s annual survey shows that the UK is still an attractive place to do business, despite falling in rankings in tax competitiveness and FDI appeal
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