In this blog, an anonymised contractor explains how HMRC left them waiting months for a vital tax repayment.
- 17 Sep 2021
In this blog, an anonymised contractor explains how HMRC left them waiting months for a vital tax repayment.
In this guest blog, GoSimpleTax examine the impact of the tax rises announced this week.
IPSE is pleased to announce the shortlist for the IPSE Freelancer Awards 2021, after receiving an unprecedented number of applications this year.
IPSE's Tristan Grove on what more bank holidays could mean for freelancers.
Freelance journalist and writer Jenny Stallard explains why coaching could be just what your business needs.
IPSE's Vicks Rodwell talks through our latest Member Meet-Up and the tips and tricks members gave each other to overcome their challenges.
When you’re a self-employed freelancer or contractor, it’s important to understand what intellectual property is and how you can protect yours.
Toby Tetrault talks to Iona Bain, 2018 Freelancer of the Year, about her experience of the Awards, how they helped her and her business, and why others should apply this year.
2019 Freelancer of the Year Rachel Mason on what the Awards meant for her, and why impostor syndrome should never hold back talented freelancers.
In this first Secret Contractor blog, an IPSE member describes their run-in with HMRC's Furlough probe.
Fred Hicks goes through the latest IPSE Member Meet-Up and the advice freelancers offered about working overseas.
Each year many self-employed people rack up thousands of miles on UK roads while running their business. Learn how to claim mileage allowance in this blog from GoSimpleTax.
IPSE members benefit from access to life assurance and a pension. Membership co-ordinator Patrick Carter explains the future benefits of an IPSE membership.
Not sure if your contract is inside or outside IR35? One way to protect yourself is get your contract professionally assessed. Find out how today.
IPSE’s Joshua Toovey talks through our latest Webinar on the government’s proposals to get freelancers reporting and paying tax more frequently. We heard about IPSE’s conversations with HMRC officials, the findings from our latest Timely Payment report and ascertain the thoughts of attendees through a Q&A session.
In this article, Markel Direct provide some tips on how to avoid five of the most common contractual pitfalls and keep things on track with your clients.
In the latest IPSE Member Meet-Up, members shared their thoughts and experiences of securing new contracts, how this had changed during the pandemic, as well as sharing advice on negotiating fees and branding your business.
After the release of our research into mental health, IPSE’s Joshua Toovey explores how freelancers’ mental health has been affected by the pandemic and some of their coping methods.
IPSE’s Fred Hicks examines this week’s news that nearly 13,000 investigations have been launched into potentially fraudulent SEISS and Job Retention Scheme claims
In his latest blog update, Patrick reflects on National Freelancers Day and looks ahead to the IPSE Freelancer Awards and some of our other upcoming webinars.
IPSE Head of Events Sarah Harper sums up the best bits of National Freelancers Day 2021.
In our latest IPSE Member Meet-Up for May, members reflected on their experiences of IR35, working via an umbrella and the increasingly widespread involvement of indemnity clauses within contracts.
Learn about some of the work we’re doing to put our members in touch with one another, to encourage networking, engagement and interaction with and between our members.
The newly launched IPSE Incubator provides tools, advice and services to the newly self-employed (or anyone wanting a refresher) to make sure that starting your independent career doesn’t mean being on your own.
IPSE's Josh Toovey talks through our first IPSE Member Meet-Up on contractors' IR35 experiences. We heard about members' experiences in the new world of IR35, like what clients had been telling them and whether they were working outside of IR35.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain explains how the new Prompt Payment Board will help tackle the drastic problem of late payment among freelancers.
IPSE’s 2021 AGM will be held on 5th May at 5pm – and we are urging all members to get involved. If you have been an IPSE member since before 20th April 2021, you can attend the AGM virtually. The other key way you can get involved is by voting via proxy for the resolutions: this just takes 5 minutes, but makes a big difference for your membership organisation.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain on the ever-more common IR35 indemnity clauses and what they mean for you.
IPSE's new advice section is the home for the latest advice and support for the self-employed.
IPSE CEO Derek Cribb with an update on our campaigning and how we are supporting contractors through the changes to IR35.
Find out how you can access great products and services from a range of companies selected by IPSE to benefit your business. And generally, as an IPSE member, you will get a preferential deal too.
IPSE’s Joshua Toovey explains our latest research findings exploring the challenges and experiences of the self-employed in obtaining mortgages.
On International Women’s Day, IPSE outlines why women enter self-employment, how they remained largely resilient to the challenges of the past year but also continue to suffer unequal financial hardship.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain explains what the Chancellor's corporation tax rise really means for freelancers working through limited companies.
IPSE’s Joshua Toovey reviews how the fourth and fifth SEISS grants will work in practice and examines who is now eligible.
IPSE's Tristan Grove on what the Budget means for freelancers and the self-employed.
IPSE’s Joshua Toovey talks through the latest quarterly insights from the Freelancer Confidence Index.
Voting for IPSE's Director elections opens on Monday 15th February. Vote using the unique link sent to your email on Monday.
January was a month of training and development events for IPSE members and the self-employed community. If you missed the webinars, here is what was covered.
A new report by IPSE identifies the groups worst affected by the pandemic, and finds a 341 per cent rise in self-employed Universal Credit applications.
IPSE's Patrick Carter discusses the support available with your taxes this year - and how IPSE can help.
Alasdair Hutchison explains IPSE's Budget submission and its urgent calls for government not to raise self-employed taxes and harm the already fragile sector.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison explains the Directors Income Support Scheme and why IPSE is supporting the idea.
IPSE Alasdair Hutchison details what the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement will mean for freelancers.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison summarises our latest report on the impact of covid-19 on the self-employed and why government should improve its support to this group.
IPSE needs an effective non-executive Board to help set our strategy and guide us through these times. That is why we are looking to elect two talented and astute Directors to join us.
Choose the perfect present for the freelancer, self-employed worker, or consultant in your life.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain discusses a crucial IR35 hearing in the House of Lords and what it means for the new rules.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison explains the latest Brexit developments, what they mean and how freelancers should prepare.
In the latest addition of the Freelance Confidence Index we may be seeing the settling of several trends. IPSE's Economic Policy Advisor takes us through the latest results.
Ahead of the Spending Review, IPSE recaps our campaigning work for limited company directors and some new proposals on how government could support them during the covid-19 crisis.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison discusses our new research and how late payment is hitting freelancers' finances during coronavirus.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison rounds up developments this week affecting freelancers, including the new SEISS grants, changes to the furlough scheme and Universal Credit.
In this third and final blog in our series, we take a look at what the last recession can tell us about what coronavirus means for freelancers.
Former Freelancer of the Year Iona Bain explains why freelancers should consider investing.
While you may not be working, an IPSE membership still offers the self-employed protection against tax investigations and more.
IPSE's Ryan Barnett looks at how freelancer confidence has been shaped by seven years of political and economic turbulence.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain explains the "intermediaries" confusion that could lead to a last-minute change to IR35.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison on IPSE's wins on public sector contracts - and what they mean for you.
IPSE's Inna Yordanova talks through what IPSE research has shown about freelancers' earnings and how they have shifted in the last seven years.
IPSE's Tristan Grove talks through the Conservatives' virtual conference this year, and what it means for the self-employed.
When you refer a friend to IPSE, you will receive a £50 Amazon voucher when they sign up for a plus membership. Amazon offers a range of gadgets and accessories perfect for those who are self-employed and working at home. Here are ten of the best finds.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain outlines why we have written to the Chancellor this week calling for a 'focused, flexible and fair' approach to coronavirus support for the self-employed.
IPSE CEO Derek Cribb introduces our latest Impact Report, setting out what we've been doing in the last year to support the self-employed, and how we're continuing to meet member needs.
Andy Chamberlain discusses IPSE's recent work in Parliament on IR35, coronavirus support and the risk of tax rises.
"IPSE's advice on business support is well-informed and clearly written. IPSE understands that business owners don't have the time to be delving through Google."
IPSE’s Senior Researcher Inna Yordanova discusses the negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health of the self-employed.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain talks through the threat of tax rises for the self-employed - and what IPSE is doing about it.
The number of freelance working mothers has increased by 79 per cent since 2008, but how much support do they get?
IPSE’s Freelancer Confidence Index for Q2 2020 suggests that freelancers’ businesses are still being impacted by the pandemic.
An IPSE membership offers support and protection from the unpredictable world of self-employment. Find out more about the levels of IPSE membership today.
IPSE's Ryan Barnett discusses what the coming recession will mean for freelancers and the self-employed.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison on the government's plans to change how tax works for UK freelancers.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison and Ryan Barnett explain what IPSE is calling for from the Chancellor to support freelancers in the coming months.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain on the IR35 amendments to the Finance Bill and what happens next.
Before lockdown, Momtaz Begum-Hossain shared life hacks available to the exclusive club of those who work from home. Now, as we face the post-Covid world of more people working flexibly, make sure you are ahead of the game when it comes to freelance life hacks.
Last week, IPSE released a report which found that over 50,000 disabled self-employed workers in the UK have missed out on government support. IPSE’s senior researcher, Inna Yordanova, explains what the report found and how IPSE will use these findings.
The IR35 reforms reach Report Stage tomorrow in the House of Commons. We want you to contact your MP, today, and ask them to support the amendments that would stop or delay them.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison explains what IPSE has been doing to highlight the plight of freelancers who have fallen through the cracks in government support
Remote working, whether from home, a co-working space, or anywhere outside a traditional office, has been recognised as a growing trend long before the Coronavirus pandemic. But will coronavirus see more self-employed people take remote working full-time?
IPSE's Director of Policy Andy Chamberlain on where the government stands on the changes to IR35 now.
With no mandatory pension scheme, no employer contributions and often an unstable income, it can be tricky for freelancers to put a pension pot in place. Here, we break down why a pension is so important and how to go about choosing the best plan for you.
Working remotely has been a part of contractors’ and freelancers’ way of life for many years; however, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced many to spend even more time working from home.
Mark Captain shares ways you can keep your business running and your mind active when you are struggling to find work.
If you're new to working from home, you will likely see your utility and phone bills increase. This post will guide you through the home office expenses you are allowed to claim for.
Andy Chamberlain explains why the IR35 changes would still be a disaster for contractors despite the delay, and why instead the government should fully review the tax system.
Finance journalist Felicity Hannah provides tips for making your money stretch further during lockdown
If you are using a recruiter for the first time, or have been using them for years, make sure you get the best value for money.
IPSE Ambassador Luan Wise recently hosted two webinars, packed full of top tips and resources for adapting social media in times of uncertainty. Here’s the key points listeners took away.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain explains what support is available for limited companies and what more needs to be done.
Using this time wisely is invaluable for your freelance business and luckily, there are plenty of e-courses that are either low cost or completely free of charge to help make this time productive for the self-employed.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain provides a response to the government's Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, particularly the exclusion of Limited Company contractors from the announcement and what we are doing to oppose IR35.
David Andry, a physiotherapist, explains how we can prevent injuries when working from home and the ways to treat them.
The mortgage criteria self-employed borrowers must meet have changed over the last five or so years. This has made getting a mortgage easier for a lot of self-employed people.
IPSE’s senior researcher Inna Yordanova gives her top tips on taking time off when you are self-employed.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain gives a round-up of our lobbying and campaigning activity on IR35 and more.
Andy Chamberlain summarises alternative approaches the government could take to IR35 and self-employed taxation.
John Charcol share their top tips for saving money when you’re self-employed and how to go about buying a new home.
IPSE's Ryan Barnett on the Cabinet reshuffle and the implications of appointing a new Chancellor
IPSE's Director of Policy Simon McVicker goes through the latest on IR35 and all other matters affecting the freelance sector.
Following a huge win by Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party last week, the Queen has just outlined her government’s programme.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison gives a run-down of IPSE's second election hustings event - this time, in Glasgow.
IPSE's Jonathan Lima-Matthews with the latest from the general election campaign.
IPSE's Ryan Barnett explains our #5millionvotes calls for better rights for freelance parents.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison with the latest from IPSE's general election campaign.
With the opinion polls tightening, the UK’s 5 million self-employed voters could be crucial in deciding the outcome in dozens of constituencies up and down the country. So which seats currently held by the main parties could be decided by freelance votes?
Alasdair Hutchison runs through the ups and downs of IPSE's Freelance and Small Business Debate
For freelancers and contractors, this has been one of the most interesting elections in years. In this blog post, Simon McVicker outlines what each of the parties are saying on self-employment at this election. Plus, we've created an IPSE policy manifesto tracker to show how each party stacks up against our manifesto, #5millionvotes.
IPSE's Jonathan Lima-Matthews explains IPSE's election position on pensions.
Alasdair Hutchison gives the latest from the campaign trail and a round-up of what's to come in the week ahead.
Winning work is about marketing rather than just using recruitment agencies says Matt Craven of The CV & Interview Advisors. This article takes an interesting view of how contractors can grow their business and stay off the bench.
In IPSE’s weekly round-up of the 2019 general election, we will be looking back at the previous week’s campaign highlights affecting the self-employed and what’s coming up next week.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain explains why IPSE is calling for a full review and modernisation of the tax system.
IPSE's Simon McVicker with the latest on the election and what parties must do to secure self-employed votes.
The latest round-up from IPSE's economics expert Ryan Barnett focuses on how IPSE's manifest can boost the economy.
No one sets out to make a mistake in their work but what happens if something goes wrong? Or even if a client simply alleges something has gone wrong and blames you. Professional indemnity insurance can play an important role in helping to defend you and your business from the cost of a negligence claim.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain on what preparing for the changes to IR35 in the public sector in April 2020.
IPSE's Jonathan Lima-Matthews on draft legislation about the future of EU self-employed in the UK
Over the last two years, more coverage has been given to Brexit and the property market than almost any other topic. We wanted to explore how they are connected and what Brexit means for borrowers.
IPSE's Director of Policy Simon McVicker on the conference season and what it all means for freelancers.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain on the latest IR35 case against high-profile TV presenters.
IPSE's Tristan Grove with a run-down of the IPSE-New Economics Foundation event at Labour Party Conference.
Alasdair Hutchison writes the IPSE round-up of the Liberal Democrat Conference in Bournemouth.
Are you better off working from home or setting up shop in a coworking space? This guest blog from marketing consultant and copywriter, Emma Saldanha explores the pros and cons of each option to help you decide what's best for your freelance business.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison responds to HMRC letters aggressively accusing GSK contractors of being 'disguised employees'.
IPSE's Director of Policy Simon McVicker on the political landscape this summer, and how it affects freelancers.
Jonathan Lima-Matthews with the latest on the self-employed savings crisis and how we can get Millennials paying into their pensions.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain on the roll-out of Making Tax Digital for VAT and what it means for you.
Businesses from sole traders and independent practitioners up to multinational companies and global charities are required to pay this fee unless, under certain circumstances, they are exempt. So how can you tell whether you need to pay a fee?
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain on what the IR35 draft legislation published today will mean for the self-employed
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison on what the self-employed need from the next Conservative government.
Ever wanted to know what it would be like to have a freelance job that is completely out of this world?
Dr Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services at AXA PPP healthcare writes a blog on how freelancers and self-employed professionals can safeguard their mental health.
IPSE's Alasdair Hutchison responds to a new Social Market Foundation report suggesting the self-employed are more likely to under-report their taxes.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain responds to the Construction Leadership Council's calls to move the sector away from self-employment.
Read IPSE's response to the government's consultation on extending the changes to IR35 to the private sector.
Recent figures published by IPSE show that 320,000 people have a so-called ‘side hustle’. In this guest blog, Rachael O'Flaherty shares her experience of managing multiple side hustles & the impact this has had on her career.
Crafty Fox Market in London is a craft market which features some of the UK’s best independent designers.
IPSE agrees with the CBI that business rates don’t work, and we are calling on the government to reduce or even remove business rates for shared work spaces.
Going it on your own can sometimes be a lonely business. In this latest guest blog theatre-maker and writer, Naomi Joseph, discusses her experience when dealing with loneliness as a freelancer and the different approaches that can be taken to alleviate loneliness.
IPSE's James McLarin on a Westminster debate on the stark dangers of the changes to IR35 in the private sector.
IPSE's Andy Chamberlain with guidance on Making Tax Digital