Posts Tagged ‘Umbrella companies’

From 2013: Employment Agencies Shifting Employers’ NI Payments to Employees

April 18, 2014

This is another story from Private Eye for 1st – 1th November 2013.

Andrea Leadsom [Image: The Independent].

Andrea Leadsom, the Tories’ City Minister, who also avoids paying tax through offshore accounts.

Supply and (Tax) Demand

It isn’t only offshore payroll firms that are avoiding paying employer’s national insurance contributions for supply teachers – though these are the ones being “actively pursued” by the taxman. If MHRC looked closer to home, it would find that onshore, UK-based companies are also avoiding employer’s NI liabilities by making teachers pay them instead.

Many employment agencies insist workers are paid through umbrella companies, which process their pay and promise benefits for the country’s 40,000 plus supply teachers. But payslips and other documents seen by the Eye suggest the biggest winners are the agencies and the umbrella companies, which can save as much as £62 from a teacher’s £600 weekly wage through the NI payments loophole.

It’s all perfectly legal, but the taxman is losing millions thanks to the arrangement. but who has signed dispensation agreements with umbrella companies saying they don’t need to show receipts? Step forward, HMRC!

Private Eye has covered numerous cases of tax avoidance by the rich, which have shifted the tax burden firmly on employees and the poor. Mike over at Vox Political has blogged today on how the Coalition’s City Minister, Andrea Leadsom, has also used a offshore accounts to lessen her tax bill. This really is a government that, in the words of the notorious ‘Mayflower Madam’, believes that ‘taxes are for little people.’

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