8 May 2000
Tax changes save farmers thousands
by FWi staff
FARMERS and growers could save hundreds of thousands of pounds following the clarification of tax rules regarding casual workers.
Producers faced substantial tax bills for their casual workers because tax offices were applying normal PAYE tax rules instead of the Daily Harvest Casual Arrangement.
The National Farmers Union which campaigned for clarification of the rules, said some members faced bills of 300,000 because of the misinterpretation.
Now the Inland Revenue has confirmed the NFUs interpretation of the rules.
It means there is no cut-off point for the number of days the arrangement can operate and harvest casuals can work for anything from one day to a number of weeks.
Farmers and growers just need to keep a record of the casual workers names and addresses and gross pay, says the NFU.