HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Friday, 3 August 2018

CEST Tool Is Shite!

Contractors and the self-employed are being routinely misled by an official Government tool which is meant to give clarity over employment status.

According to a 14-month investigation by advice website Contractor Calculator, HMRC's “check employment status for tax” (CEST) tool comes to the wrong conclusion in almost half of cases.
  • CEST only returned a properly correct outcome in 14 out of 24 cases – just 58%.
  • 7 cases (29%) resulted in CEST giving the wrong answer.
  • 3 cases gave the right answer, but for the wrong reasons – called “false positives”
  • 3 of the cases which passed (of the 14) demonstrated an over-reliance on substitution, which otherwise would not have produced the correct result, contrary to the courts direction.
The government and HMRC have yet to admit that it is shite.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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1 comment:

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