Changes to Conduct Regulations & Agency Standards Enforcement

It is worth the reminder that there were two related BERR consultations in 2007 on “… measures to protect vulnerable agency workers” and “…National Minimum Wage and Employment Agency Standards Enforcement”. Following responses to the consultations, the proposed legislation was finalised and will take effect in two stages during 2008. The Conduct of Employment Agencies…

Who could be an MSCP?

In April 2007 the government introduced legislation to force contractors to pay employment taxes where the contractor obtains advice from managed service company providers (MSCPs). In some circumstances, this debt could be transferred to the MSCP. For an organisation to be an MSCP all that is required is for it to be in the business…

HMRC Drops MSC Audit Scheme

Following representations put forward by Lawspeed, HMRC and the Treasury has abandoned the idea of introducing an audit scheme in the foreseeable future. In recent months HMRC had announced that it was considering a scheme which may allow for certain third parties to assess whether a provider organisation is compliant with the MSC legislation. However…

Confusion reigns over MSC approval schemes – or does it?

Accreditation scheme For some months there has been speculation that an accreditation scheme, whereby HMRC will exclude certain organisations that are accredited from the scope of the MSC legislation, is under consideration by HMRC. Whilst this may be in the interests of those organisations that operate as centralised “accountancy” service providers  to workers provided via…

MSC Legislation – Further Guidance

HMRC issues further guidance in relation to the MSC legislation As part of its ongoing monitoring of events related to the MSC legislation HMRC has identified areas where it feels additional clarification would be required, in particular to address certain misleading information. This further guidance can be found at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/employment-status/monitoring-legislation.htm. It is important to note…

MSC Legislation Update

Following the publication of the draft Finance Bill in March 07 there has been considerable speculation concerning the meaning of some of the definitions. In particular the section that excludes organisations that provide accountancy and legal advice allows interpretation that facilitates the suggestion that some service providers to contractors can continue as usual. Does it…

Budget Note – MSC Legislation Changes

Aside from the increases in beer, wine, cigarettes and duty on most polluting cars, the second most important issue for you will obviously be the MSC legislation update. The Government has confirmed that legislation will be introduced to achieve the objectives set out in the consultation document. But it is responding to key concerns raised…