The Court of Appeal is to hear a test case in December asking for a reversal of a recent judgement that would add 12.5 percent to a freelance player’s National Insurance costs. The Goverment has been cracking down on NI exemptions for self-employed ‘actors and entertainers’.
Musicians’ representatives argue that the tax authorities are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Tere are obviously much bigger tax dodgers than travelling players. But if the appeal fails, Christmas will be a good deal bleaker in many musical homes.
Here‘s the tax stuff.