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  • Travelling Expenses - HMRC Gets Tough

    James Bailey highlights potential difficulties faced by the self-employed when travelling from home on business.  With HMRC challenging travelling expenses for the self-employed, and no clear legislative guidance, business travel can lead to expensive arguments with HMRC...
  • Entrepreneurs’ Relief: Not Many People Know This…

    Ken Moody delves into some murky aspects of capital gains tax entrepreneurs’ relief, and highlights some possible pitfalls and planning opportunities. Entrepreneurs’ relief (ER) is a valuable relief, which can reduce the capital gains tax (CGT) rate on qualifying business disposals to only 10%. However, ER is not a relief to be taken for granted and, for a relatively short piece of legislation, gives rise to more than its fair share of potential pitfalls...
  • Paying A Bonus; Points to Consider 

    Jennifer Adams considers when a bonus may be a useful way to extract business profits. As readers of Business Tax Insider are aware, funds may be extracted from a company in a variety of ways. For a director, the choice is invariably between the taking of salary or a dividend; but there are circumstances which might compel payment via a bonus...
  • Company Car Conundrums!

    Lee Sharpe provides a checklist covering the main issues relating to company car taxation. The ‘company car’ tax benefit, and the corresponding ‘car fuel’ benefit, are some of the most common – and some of the most expensive – taxable benefits in kind around. There have been numerous attempts to circumvent the tax charge over the years, with mixed success. It would be fair to say that HMRC takes a very ‘robust’ line if it perceives an...
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What would happen if my employer has not been paying my tax?

I am really concerned about my tax. What would happen if my employer has not been paying my tax? What would be the outcome of this situation? Who would be to blame? I work for a really small company and don't think things are being done 100% properly. Even though each week money gets paid into my bank account, I've still not had any official paperwork and it's been 3 years! I don't know what to do.

Arthur Weller Replies:
There are three possibilities here:
a) your employer has been paying your PAYE over to HMRC but for some reason the paperwork has not reached you. If so, you should confront your employer (diplomatically!) and ask him to explain; or
b) he has not deducted any PAYE from your wages, and has treated you as self-employed; or 
c) he has treated you as employed and consequently deducted PAYE from your wages, but has not paid it over to HMRC.
In this last case he is not only defrauding HMRC, but also stealing from you.
If the truth is that the employment status tests would classify you as employed and not self employed, then it is your employer who is in trouble with HMRC, and it is not your headache.
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