Self-Employed Security Dog Handlers
HMRC, as many members know, has recently held several webinars in conjunction with the SIA, the purpose of these were to explain the need for companies to comply with current Agency legislation. Whilst this was primarily aimed at ACS Companies, it is applicable to all contract security companies deploying self-employed Dog Handlers, as well as having a knock on effect to the individual Dog Handler ensuring that PAYE Tax is paid at source by the Handler.
At this stage it must be noted that this is only applicable to the self-employed Dog Handler who contracts through a security provider who in turn is then deployed on a client’s site. It is not applicable to the self-employed Dog handler who contracts directly with a client and is then deployed on that clients site.
Whilst this is not a Standards or Qualification issue or indeed a security issue, it is something that will affect a large percentage of Security Dog handlers in the UK and is why NASDU is keeping an eye on this developing situation. As a result NASDU has spoken with a number of company members as well as individual members together with several inspectorate bodies (ie NSI and SSAIB) regarding the impact this will have on the Private Security Dog Sector, NASDU has also had a meeting with representatives from the SIA on this same issue.
At the meeting with the SIA (which incidentally was at the request of the SIA) NASDU heard the arguments that had been put forward by HMRC regarding the implementation of Agency legislation.
As a result NASDU asked the SIA for more flexibility at this stage in their approach to HMRC compliance within the ACS scheme, in that companies should be given sufficient time to implement a PAYE scheme and if this took till the end of the financial year/period then this should be acceptable.
It was also suggested that the SIA should take a more uniform approach ensuring that all ACS companies be given a date by which time they should all be compliant and not just when an individual company ACS compliance visit is due, thus ensuring a level playing field for all.
In the meantime, whilst we await a response back from the SIA regarding a more flexible approach, NASDU is supporting a move by one of its long standing and respected members who are taking legal advice regarding the possibility of a Legal challenge as to how this current Agency legislation and its interpretation will have a significant impact on the legitimate self-employed Security Dog Handler, once this is done we hopefully will have a definitive answer to the question.
Members with any information that may assist any legal challenge or require any further information should contact NASDU Head Office.
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