Do you want to ensure your clients' subcontractors are genuinely self-employed? We can ensure that they are fully protected from an HMRC employment status challenge.

Our status and CIS protection team, Accountax, can assist and work with you to provide consultancy and insured solutions, from the one-off investigation to long-term arrangements, to safeguard your clients' businesses and protect your client relationships.


  • We offer retained solutions for agencies, commercial contractors and companies that engage with subcontractors directly

  • Solutions that meet all the requirements of agencies, intermediaries and surrounding CIS legislation

If your clients are facing a status dispute with HMRC, we have expertise within our Accountax division to fight their corner. We have an enviable record of success against HMRC and in tax Tribunals, including being the first tax advisors to win an IR35 case at the Special Commissioners: Lime IT v Justin [2002] SpC 342.  

​Self Employed Contracts

We can draft a contract to engage your clients' subcontractors, which is tailored to the business and reflects a genuine self-employed working arrangement. Our subcontractor contracts have been instrumental in defeating numerous employment status enquiries and remain 100% undefeated in HMRC disputes. 

HMRC Enquiries

Should one of your clients find themselves in an employment status enquiry, we are well equipped to advise you on tactics and arguments to defend their position. Alternatively, you can appoint us to represent clients on your behalf and to enter into dispute with HMRC directly.
We operate on a fixed fee basis so you know where you stand on costs from the outset - no surprises further down the line. We can also review cases for a one-off fixed fee before you decide whether to engage us or not.

Tribunal Representation

Most employment status cases that we handle are conceded by HMRC without the need for a Tribunal hearing. However, there are cases which do go the full distance. Accountax Consulting has a proven track record at Tribunal with successful victories in Sherburn Aero Club v HMRC [2009] UKFTT 0006 and MAL Scaffolding v HMRC [2006] SpC527.
If you engage us, you can be assured that we will represent clients at Tribunal. We do not appoint a barrister with limited working knowledge of your case; your case is represented by the consultants who have worked on the enquiry and defended the client's position from the outset. 

We can offer professional advisers access to specialist consultants ‘as and when required’. We will provide firms with the platform to grow their business without the financial risk of developing in-house niche practice areas. Offering these services not only protects your clients, but can also improve client retention and create opportunities for future referrals to your firm.

To find out how we can help you offer your clients support and protection please contact us on 0345 066 0035.