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Huge NI bill hits brickie

THE TAX man has hit a brickwork firm with a National Insurance bill of almost £100,000.

Tim Francis, boss of Plymouth subbie Jet Construction, received a demand for £91,000 in NI contributions dating back four years after the Inland Revenue decided his workforce should have been on PAYE. Mr Francis has 30 days to appeal.

He said: 'It is unbelievable.The jobs we took on were not priced on the basis that men were on PAYE. Now I'm having to spend money on getting solicitors to fight this as well.'

The Revenue has sent out nearly 30,000 letters to contractors it suspects of wrongly classifying workers as self-employed.