Articles - 28th November 2018

Tax Going Digital

After an announcement from the HMRC to delay making tax digital, the House of Lords asks that the deferral is continued in order to allow small businesses time to adapt to the changes in the law. Many believe that, while the change can bring much good, it should not be forced on businesses to make the change before they are ready. Lords have accused the government of failing to listen to the small businesses that need their help in preference of keeping to a far too unrealistic deadline.

IPSE chose to back the House of Lords in this discussion, adding that the many small businesses that still keep paper records don’t have access to the same in-house accounting and finance services that larger businesses have.

The Pensions Advisory Service is campaigning for a mid-life MOT to support the self-employed after they retire. The pension support needed must reflect the growth of the sector and the variable work that self-employed people often face. There are currently four major organisations who are attempting to test how the concept could be carried out in the private sector.

Forbes asked how Brexit was going to affect mothers who freelance. Freelancing mothers now account for one in seven of all the self-employed in the UK, and the EU has helped expand the right to equal pay since 1973 when Britain joined. However, while the majority of women’s rights in work are safe and unlikely to change at this point, these rights may be eroded over time. The EU Parental Leave Directive, for instance, which grants fathers time off to look after their children could be under threat, meaning mothers are left with less time to work after being left with their children.

A legal battle has begun at the National Gallery over the legal rights of employees. After a group of 27 art lecturers, many of whom had worked for the gallery for years, were dropped without due process, they are attempting to argue that they should be treated as employees after a certain period of time working at the gallery. This is similar in focus to recent cases with Uber, Deliveroo, and Hermes, but it is the first time it has infringed on the creative sphere.

As flexible work is becoming more popular, the question still remains; how much longer will people actually have to commute to work? The Telegraph asks the question, noting how much more cost effective it is to work remotely, especially with all the wonderful options available. This reflects the need for work to be seen as a thing people do rather than a place they go to; employees wish to be judged based on their output rather than their time spent in the office.

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