So whatever happened to IR35? A question that we have had to ask at intervals ever since the enactment of that sorry piece of legislation, explains Simon Sweetman.
Simon Sweetman is losing patience with bland assurances about how those with broad shoulders will carry the biggest tax burden.
2012 could be a year for significant change at the top of HMRC, indeed it could be a year in which the organisation shows that it can recover against the odds, explains Simon Sweetman.
HMRC has piloted its new programme of Business Record Checks and run into some controversy in doing so.
There has been much talk lately of accounting standards: what they are, what they are for, and whether they should be relaxed for some small businesses, explains Simon Sweetman.
So, it is said, the landmark ruling against Seychelles-based billionaire Robert Gaines-Cooper could see thousands of British tax exiles chased for backdated tax, says Simon Sweetman.
During the deliberations of the OTS Small Business Advisory group earlier this year, quite a lot of time was taken up by IR35, reports Simon Sw
When it comes to taxation issues and tax reform, the arguments always comes back to politics and ideology, says Simon Sweetman.