Fairness and Simplicity in the UK Tax System

Last week's Budget did nothing for freelancers. For many years we have been told by successive chancellors that they want to bring "fairness" into the tax system, but from a freelancer's point of view the changes have been anything but "fair". The Coalition government trumpeted an introduction of "simplicity", however the results have been yet . . . → Read More: Fairness and Simplicity in the UK Tax System

Is Freelancing the solution to the recession?

Startup Britain

At the start of this week, I was able to join the Startup Britain tour of England and Wales at the Bristol leg of its journey. The initiative is a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, launched on 28th March 2011. Designed to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK. Will it . . . → Read More: Is Freelancing the solution to the recession?

How would you improve IR35 administration?

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

That was the question at the beginning of the Sound of Music. It was the anguished cry of the Nuns when faced with someone that just didn't fit in, was at odds with everyone else, and was basically not working out the way that they should. Is . . . → Read More: How would you improve IR35 administration?

Are You Being Served?

He had his rivals ‘green’ with envy when he turned around the ailing BHS stores; he perked up Dorothy Perkins and put Topshop top of the pile. We all realised Sir Philip Green was something special. So when he says government should be as efficient as any good business we should listen.

When the retail . . . → Read More: Are You Being Served?

What does the Coalition Government mean for Freelancers?

Well… For the first time in my (not so) short life, we have a coalition government in the UK. On the face of it, this means that every decision made by the Government will be a compromise between the two parties. However, in reality, all decisions made by Government are compromises… it is just that . . . → Read More: What does the Coalition Government mean for Freelancers?