HMRC – The odd case of Coffey Builders – Employment Status Reply


I was reading Tips & Advice Tax – Issue 17 and they highlight an unusual piece of new case law T Coffey/Dr Selvarajan and HMRC.

TC was a retired builder who was asked by S to manage and supervise the refurbishment of his medical clinic, the project lasted over 2 years. No substitutes were allowed, S guaranteed payment, there was no contract, TC worked regular hours and he was paid a rate of £500 per week. Sounds a lot like employment doesn’t it?

But HMRC decided to argue that he was self employed and undermined the importance of the factors that would make him employed.

Very interesting.

Steve@bicknells.net

 

 

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