Every year we raise the issue of HMRC targeting the middle market, and every year HMRC prove our point.

In the past year we have seen a further rise in the number of employer compliance inspections, National Minimum Wage inspections and ad hoc “risk” specific enquiries. All this on top of even more complex changes to the legislation, and HMRC’s interpretation of that legislation, means that it is more important than ever that employers are aware of the potential risks and manage their compliance effectively.

Smith Cooper’s Employment Tax seminar, which will be held in three locations, Derby, Nottingham and Birmingham, will provide you with the latest information and tips to help you identify and manage your potential risks. This year’s topics will include:

  • Effective Employer Compliance
    Last year we took you through a typical HMRC Employer compliance inspection from start to finish. This year we will concentrate on how to demonstrate ‘competent compliance’ and good governance.
  • National Minimum Wage Inspections
    Typically the most time consuming and costly inspections. We will discuss the basic processes that you can evidence that will help to get HMRC out of the door empty handed rather than taking up residence in your office!
  • IR35 Intermediaries Legislation
    It is already an issue for the Public Sector, and it is coming to the Private Sector soon. The Public Sector experience has shown that early preparation is key. We will tell you why, and how.
  • April Round Up
    Everything that you need to be aware of from April 2019, and some money saving opportunities.


For our Nottingham and Derby events, tea and coffee will be served on arrival from 3pm, followed by the seminar at 3.30pm until approximately 5pm. There will be an opportunity for networking at the end when a light buffet will be served. Please can you advise us of any dietary requirements when booking.

Our Birmingham event is a breakfast seminar, with breakfast and networking commencing from 8am. The seminar will begin at 8:30am until approximately 10am and will be followed by tea and coffee. Please can you advise us of any dietary requirements when booking.

Who should attend?

Our seminar will be of interest to anyone in business who engages employees. It will be most useful for MDs, FDs, HR, and Payroll Managers.

Dates and locations

Nottingham: Thursday 14th March                                                                                       Trent Bridge, Bridgeford Road, West Bridgeford, Nottingham Ng2 6AG. Arrival 3pm

Birmingham: Tuesday 19th March                                                                                          Smith Cooper Office, 158 Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HB. Arrival 8am

Derby: Thursday 21st March                                                                                                    Derbyshire Country Cricket Club, Nottingham Road, Derby, DE21 6DA. Arrival 3pm

Places are limited so if you would like to attend, please RSVP for your preferred date by emailing events@smithcooper.co.uk