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Markel Tax

Employment Status Protection

Where subcontractors are not genuinely self-employed, an HMRC employment status challenge could prove problematic for a business.

The Markel Tax team can assess subcontractor employment status, and provide insured solutions to safeguard a business against an HMRC challenge.

We offer one-off investigations and retained solutions for agencies, commercial contractors and companies that engage with subcontractors directly. Our solutions meet all the requirements of agencies, intermediaries and surrounding CIS legislation.

Markel is able to represent a business facing an HMRC status dispute. We have an enviable record of success against HMRC and in tax Tribunals.  

Our support extends to the following circumstances.

​Self Employed Contracts

We can draft subcontractor tailored contracts that reflect a genuine self-employed working arrangement. Our subcontractor contracts remain 100% undefeated in HMRC disputes.

HMRC Enquiries

Our team can advise on tactics and arguments where an employment status enquiry is ongoing. Our fees are fixed from the outset and we can review cases for a one-off fixed fee before full engagement.

Tribunal Representation

Most employment status cases handled by the Markel Tax team are conceded by HMRC without the need for a Tribunal hearing. However, where cases do go the full distance, we have a proven track record at Tribunal, as Markel Tax (formerly Accountax), our successful victories included Sherburn Aero Club v HMRC [2009] UKFTT 0006 and MAL Scaffolding v HMRC [2006] SpC527.

The Markel Tax consultant who has worked on the case from the outset will represent the client. Cases are not passed to a barrister with minimal previous involvement.

The specialist Markel Tax consultants are available ‘as and when required’, providing professional firms with the platform to grow their business without the financial risk of developing in-house niche practice areas. Our services can protect clients, improve retention rates for advisers and create opportunities for future referrals.

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David Harmer
David HarmerTax Consultancy Manager
Paul Mason
Paul MasonHead of Tax Partnerships