Bono defends U2's tax arrangement


Bono has made a fresh defence of U2’s tax arrangements, claiming the Irish government would ultimately appreciate the band’s decision to offshore a share of its income through the Netherlands.

He rejected the accusation that it was hypocritical for him to criticise the government’s economic..  Read more

New government start-up support could help contractors


If you're a UK contractor, you could benefit from extra financial support from the government under the Start-up Loans and New Enterprise Allowance schemes. In a bid to help entrepreneurs start their own business, a £69 million package will be made available to help thousands of new firms and con..  Read more

Hossein Mehjoo v Harben Barker [2013]


Hossein Mehjoo v Harben Barker [2013] – a timely lesson that one of the advisor’s primary duties is to alert his client to tax savings.

Facts of the case
Mr Mehjoo claimed damages against his former accountants, Harben Barker (“HB”). The claimant, who was born in Iran, h..  Read more

Contractors operating via limited company: What taxes will I have to pay?


The opportunity to manage your tax liability is one of the most important motivators for a contractor choosing to operate via limited company. However, particularly if you are moving from a situation where all issues of taxation were handled for you by your employer's payroll department, it can also..  Read more

Contractors can have their say on benefits and expenses


A recruitment body yesterday alerted contractors, agency workers and limited company owners to a new report which will likely lead to changes to the rules, administration and processes governing their benefits and expenses.

Published by the Office of Tax Simplification, the interim report already..  Read more