Contractors, be wary of offshore tax avoidance schemes!!


A government clampdown on offshore intermediaries announced recently by Treasury minister Danny Alexander has been welcomed by the recruitment industry.

The government believes that some recruitment agencies are using these structures to avoid paying income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for their UK-based workers. Announcing a number of proposals to stamp out this practice, Alexander said: “The rule is simple: if you employ people in the UK, you need to pay tax and National Insurance in the UK. We will make sure you do that.”

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