HMRC internal manual

Employment Status Manual

ESM4122A - Particular occupations: entertainment industry - theatrical performers/artists: additional considerations in the media and performing arts sector - actors and other performers, reserved self-employed position

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Concessional arrangements were introduced with effect from 6th April 1990 to enable established performers to retain self-employed treatment of their earnings. The conditions to be satisfied were published as Extra Statutory Concession A75.

However, the McCowen and West decisions changed our views on the nature of many standard industry contracts. ESM4121

This means that we accept that performers/artists will generally be assessable to tax on trade profits, with liability for Class 4 NICs, (subject to exception under reg 94 of the Social Security Contributions Regulations 2001) as a matter of law rather than concession. The concession will therefore only rarely apply.

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