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Just how can The Beater/Shoot Overcome the Taxman? by Martha Stewart

Just how can The Beater/Shoot Overcome the Taxman? by
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Just how can The Beater/Shoot Overcome the Taxman?

HMRC has always paid attention to individuals who, should often be “employed” through their paymasters compared with providing their services on a “self-employed” basis. This is because different tax treatment applies.

When the beater’s salary should be “earnings from employment” then it should be susceptible to PAYE as well as National insurance. This process can be tedious for both the individual as well as the shoot and can attract penalties if not applied appropriately. Beaters and the shoot will undoubtedly want to stay away from this.

Basic tax requirements

A Business should operate PAYE and National insurance with respect of all employees. This contrasts with a self-employed person that should account for his or her income tax and also NI to HMRC under Self Assessment.

PAYE can easily require extensive signing up, frequent payments to HMRC, filing deadlines as well as fees and penalties for incorrect or overdue reporting. There should also be both equally employers and also employees’ NI contributions to manage. Therefore, where probable, it's not at all surprising that beater (and also the shoot) would rather the beater be treated as self-employed to avoid the challenging PAYE burden.

HMRC would likely of course prefer the majority of individuals to be treated as “employed”. NI contributions are also greater and also expense claims are more restrictive for the “employed” man or women.

HMRC strategy to beaters

Within HMRC’s continued pursuit to squeeze the taxpayer further - the beater/shoot relationship has not gone unnoticed.

The work status and procedure for remunerating a beater really should be based mostly on if the individual is a ‘casual beater’ or perhaps not.

A ‘contract’ from a casual beater and a shoot will be regarded as 1 of service (“employment”) and therefore the usual PAYE commitments must apply. However, HMRC recognises that practical issues can easily arise whenever employers have to operate PAYE for short term arrangements on small quantities. Consequently HMRC have agreed that beaters can usually be treated as everyday casuals and also taxes does not need to be subtracted provided:

i) The beater is employed for a period of up to a day and the employment concludes that day with no arrangement for further work

ii) The beater is paid off in cash at the end of that day

To ensure the employment does indeed end in the same day, there can be absolutely no arrangements in place to continue the services beyond that time. But the same beater can be utilized by the same shoot again in the future. If there was a binding agreement (implied or even formal) for future services then this could be a ‘contract’ and PAYE obligations would come into power.

It is advisable to realize that if HMRC do assess a beater as being employed, it does not automatically entitle the “employed” beater to the related rights of employment for instance holiday or sick pay. HMRC determination is only relevant for their collection regarding tax and NI functions.

Another warning to the above ‘casual’ treatment can be that it does not apply to NI. The employer (the shoot) will nevertheless as a result have to deduct employee’s NI and pay employer’s NI if the minimum NI threshold is surpass (£97/wk).

Additional responsibilities

Also, any operated shoot will still be required to maintain data of all paid beaters’ earnings, names plus addresses. Similarly beaters need to keep records of income received plus paid.

As a result of specialist nature of beaters and many other countryside professions, seeking expert assistance is always recommended.


The article author knows a lot about taxation working for Price Bailey qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 08. The article author has also knowledge about VAT regarding shoots and has recently been successful in a case in opposition to HMRC concerning registering a local syndicate shoot for VAT purposes.

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