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AoFA secures breakthrough in tax revoke   05/04/2012

The Association of First Aiders finally secures breakthrough in Social Security Categorisation of Earners Regulations 1978

From the 6th April 2012 the National Insurance tax burden for trainers, lecturers, teachers and those in a similar capacity has been revoked.

During the past six years the AoFA have been highlighting a tax threat forced upon the training industry by HM Revenue & Customs. The original intention of these regulations was to ensure freelance lecturers would receive the same benefits as permanent staff. However, the misinterpretation of these regulations forced training providers to deduct National Insurance payments from trainers and contribute to employers National Insurance.

'From the 6th April 2012 the National Insurance tax burden for trainers, lecturers, teachers and those in a similar capacity has been revoked.'

Many training providers were unaware of this legislation, or did not think it applied to their organisation. The consequence of not following this legislation resulted in considerable fines, with the added aggravation of the tax man chasing backdated payments. Such was the burden of the financial penalties companies were forced to close down.

Those providers who did adhere to the legislation found their increased operating costs were untenable. AoFA member Terry Welti was one of the training providers caught up in this fiasco and thus begun the fight to redress the balance. Terry fought tirelessly with HMRC, supported in his battle by the AoFA and other influential bodies.

A breakthrough occurred when the Chairman of the Association of First Aiders David Arnold, was invited to meet the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasurer David Gauke. With the support of Terry Welti the outcome of these discussions resulted in Mr Gauke supporting the request for change and he further agreed to undertake consultation.

The result of the consultation showed there was overwhelming support for the repeal on the basis that it would stimulate work and free up more time for earning. The consultation also highlighted the need for simplification, eradicating misunderstandings and reducing administrative burdens for individual lecturers, instructors and those engaging them. Many felt that this was consistent with the Government's policy of simplifying and integrating the operation of income tax and National Insurance. The HMRC acknowledged the guidance was unclear and that first aid training was not straight forward to define.

'...the rules on employment status still remain. It is highly important when engaging a 'self employed' trainer their status meet the conditions of being self employed...'

David Arnold and Terry Welti have been at the forefront of this fight for many years. The association owe a great debt of gratitude for their forthright approach and hard work to ensure the regulation was repealed.

In conclusion the consultation highlighted that the 1978 regulations were no longer fulfilling the purpose for which they were written. However, it is important to note the rules on employment status still remain. It is imperative when engaging a ‘self employed’ trainer their status meets the requirement of being self employed. Oherwise, you as the training provider will be liable for Income tax and National Insurance contributions.

Further information on this subject can be found in the AoFA Members Area, with draft documents to assist you when engaging freelance trainers. Contract for services-Tender (ACST)

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