Author: Sophie Lewis

Parliament agree to bill preparation extending shared parental leave to the self-employed

Currently, self-employed mothers claiming Maternity Allowance can work for just ten ‘Keeping In Touch’ days and if they choose to work for longer, they have to stop claiming Maternity Allowance.

Over a quarter of university students are starting their own business

Currently, there are over 450,000 students running or planning to run a business whilst studying at university, with a third wanting to turn this into a full-time career after they graduate.

Tax-free childcare now open to all eligible families

All eligible families (including the self-employed) are now able to claim for tax-free childcare, meaning that working parents could save thousands of pounds per year on childcare.

IPSE welcomes government’s response to Matthew Taylor review

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) have welcomed the government’s comprehensive response to last year’s Matthew Taylor’s review into modern work.

HMRC releases most ridiculous Self-Assessment excuses

Alien sightings, vertigo and a coffee spillage – HMRC have released a list of the most outrageous excuses people have given for not completing their tax return on time.

Mary Lee Berners-Lee, one of the world’s first IT contractors, has died aged 93

Known as the ‘grandmother of the world wide web’, Mary Lee Berners-Lee has passed away at the age of 93.

PRISM urges government to consider all options before extending IR35 rules

Not-for-profit professional trade association PRISM is urging the government to take all options into consideration before making the private sector follow in the same IR35 footsteps as the public sector.

IPSE raises concerns over HMRC waiting times

With tax administration already being a burden on the self-employed, the IPSE are concerned that HMRC waiting times will divert valuable time away from business.