An employment tax specialist, Gordon started his tax career with HMRC spending 8 years as part of a special investigation unit before moving across the divide to PwC in 1997. He later moved into mid-tier, picking up a “Best Tax Team Award” in 2010 working alongside Chris Blundell at Mazars.
More recently, Gordon has acted as an in-house consultant for a number of businesses, thus gaining experience from all three sides of the HMRC-Advisor-Business triangle. He has worked across a number of sectors, including education, property, IT, retail, banking, public sector and not-for-profit and has extensive experience of handling negotiations with HMRC.
Outside the office, Gordon is a season-ticket holder at West Ham United and is deputy editor of the popular West Ham website kumb.com, in which capacity he is often invited on to podcasts, tv and radio programmes, usually when the producers cannot find anyone famous to talk to.
Changes to employment tax from the latest Budget
HMRC’s consultation into off pay-roll working in the private sector, IR35 has caused confusion and unfairness in the public sector and HMRC needs to develop a clearly defined test for employment status.
There has been much press coverage regarding HMRC’s recent win against the former BBC Look North journalist and presenter Christa Ackroyd under legislation that is referred to as IR35.
Subcontractors working in the construction industry will be aware of the hoops a business has to go through to obtain Gross Payment Status (GPS) in respect of the payments they receive from contractors.
In amongst all the more publicised changes to taxation - Dynamic Coding has now arrived
The construction industry is a business sector which traditionally has been regarded to have serious compliance issues. Self-employed workers were paid gross and the temptation to “forget” to register with Inland Revenue as self-employed was too much for many to resist.
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