Since I came into the Inland Earnings in 1958 there were status disputes. AFTER I was an Inspector in Poole I well bear in mind the headline in the neighborhood evening newspaper when a huge local house contractor sacked all his staff and made them one-man shop to avoid a duty on employees known as Selective Work Tax. Next arrived the avoidance of PAYE and Country wide Insurance by using staff through organizations. Regulations was improved to stifle this hazard to the exchequer. Another development was the utilization of limited companies and HMR&C again found this distasteful. The effect was what is becoming known as the IR 35 problem. All of this time staff in the engineering industry have been customarily used on as one-man shop. HMR&C released the Engineering Industry Scheme to modify this.
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