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The national minimum wage (NMW) was first introduced to put a stop to under pay and curb workpoverty in April 1999. However, nearly 15 years on loopholes in the system still allow dishonest or incompetent employers to exploit workers. The government released on Tuesday its latest list of 48 employers who failed to pay NMW.

In reaction to this, Trade Union Congress (TUC) general secretary, Frances O’Grady said in a statement government must invest in additional inspectors with the hope of “every single minimum wage cheat being caught”. 

According to a new report published by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) yesterday many agency workers are often unaware of their employment rights and are afraid to raise concerns due to fears over job security. 

ACAS chair, Sir Brendan Barber, said: ‘Our analysis reveals that agency workers can feel a sense of insecurity and fear around their contracts, similar to those raised by calls to our helpline on zero hours contracts.

On Wednesday 18th March, in his 2015 Budget, the Chancellor announced that the government will now consult on detailed proposals to restrict tax relief for travel and subsistence for workers engaged through an employment intermediary, such as an umbrella company or a personal service company, where that worker is under the supervision, direction and control of a third party.

The Self-Assessment deadline is fast approaching! Irrespective of whether you have a liability or not, if your Self Assessment return is not submitted by 31st January 2015 you will be facing a minimum penalty of £100! 

Every year HMRC publish the top excuses taxpayers give for not filing their returns. Last year it was revealed that such excuses comprised of ‘the dog ate the form’ ‘my baby used the paperwork as a colouring book’ and ‘My Mum usually does it for me’ these, along with many others are obviously not acceptable. 

The Association of Independent Professional and the Self-Employed (IPSE), formerly known as the PCG, set out taxation proposals in the September manifesto, titled ‘Britain’s Secret Weapon’.

Within it were four ideas but one of particular interest:

The Freelancer Limited Company (FLC) which effectively would allow contractors to work free of IR35.