Dr Gavin Robinson: Business Information

I am a sole trader working under my own name in the UK. I previously owned and ran Different Hand Ltd but I wound the company up because of changes to tax rules, and to save accountant's fees.

Working Methods

UK Tax Compliance

I do not charge VAT as I am well under the threshold for compulsory registration, I have no intention of registering voluntarily, and my services are not classed as e-services.

I am self-employed. This means that your institution has no tax liabilities and should not deduct any tax from my fees. My contracts and working methods are designed to rigorously comply with disguised employment rules so that there is no risk of either party having to pay National Insurance or penalties. I can supply any evidence your admins need to prove that I am properly self-employed.

I will supply a standard contract written by my solicitor to ensure that these terms are enforced. UK universities' own contracts are sometimes legally dubious, so it's better for both parties to use mine.

I can also work as an employee or casual worker if these conditions can't be met. For example, if you need right of control because what you want doing could change, if the project involves collaborating through your web server, or if I need an hourly rate because the cost is impossible to predict accurately. I can't mix employment and self-employment for the same institution.

US Tax Compliance

I am exempt from withholding because I work outside the US. I can complete any forms or statements that your admins need to document this.