Welcome to the
MSC Support Platform
A platform designed to provide reliable support to limited company directors impacted by HMRC’s MSC investigation.
Ongoing support & latest news
Dedicated contact channel
Private community forum
Low, one-off cost
HMRC has investigated limited company contractors and accountancy services providers for many years to ensure they follow the latest tax rules and regulations. As part of this, Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd clients (and clients of other accountancy providers in the UK) have been examined to see if they fall within the Managed Service Company (MSC) legislation.
HMRC’s initial assessment, which focuses on the 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 tax years, incorrectly considers Churchill Knight clients to be Managed Service Companies. However, our clients are not alone. We know clients from other well-known UK accountancy practices are also under investigation. Unfortunately, our own independent research suggests that, unlike Churchill Knight, these accountancy providers are not offering support to those who are impacted – leaving many limited company directors in the dark and alone to challenge HMRC and defend their business.
We appreciate that HMRC’s MSC investigation has come as a shock to all those who are affected. Understandably, our clients are deeply concerned and worried about the outcome. To provide support, we have built a platform that our clients have 24/7 access to, which provides all the information they need about the investigation. The platform includes a background to MSC legislation, how to appeal against HMRC’s notices, ongoing updates with the latest developments (including feedback on meetings and discussions we have had with HMRC and our lawyers), and around the clock support via a dedicated contact feature.
While we are doing everything we can to support our clients through this difficult time, we are deeply concerned that limited company directors not using our services have been effectively deserted and left to face these challenging times alone. After many discussions with industry stakeholders, we have invested significant time and resources developing the MSC Support Platform – a system designed to provide everyone impacted by the MSC investigation (non-Churchill clients) with all the information they need to move forward with complete knowledge and confidence for a low, one-off cost. There is a tremendous amount of information to take on board, and the MSC Support Platform is designed to break all of this down in easy to understand sections – as well as offering a comprehensive support system where those who register can message us directly and receive quick responses to any questions they have. Please scroll down for more information about the MSC Support Platform and what is available to those who register.
About Churchill Knight
Founded in 1998 by a contractor, Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd has grown into one of the most recognised and respected contractor accountants in the UK. From the very beginning, we have done everything to ensure our services are compliant and provides our clients with exactly what they need to run their limited companies successfully and in accordance with HMRC’s rules and regulations. We are proud to be an accredited member of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) – the leading self-regularly body dedicated to ensuring the supply chain of temporary workers is compliant and operates ethically.
We believe HMRC’s investigation showcases an incorrect application of the MSC legislation, and therefore HMRC has made a mistake and MSC legislation does not apply. Working closely with specialist lawyers, we have submitted a thorough technical response to HMRC explaining many reasons why we believe they have misinterpreted the legislation, and we are providing comprehensive support to all our clients who have been affected.
Tom Edwards, Director at Churchill Knight, has said the following regarding the HMRC investigation:
“We believe that HMRC has entirely misinterpreted the MSC legislation, and we strongly deny being involved with our accountancy clients as a Managed Service Company Provider. Throughout this investigation, we’re offering around the clock support to our impacted clients and have built an online system to help them throughout the appeals process.
Everyone at Churchill Knight is shocked about this investigation, but I don’t feel like it’s an attack on us. It’s an attack on the industry and on contractors who operate their own limited company. I am well aware that clients from other well-known accountancy practices have been targeted, and unfortunately, they are not receiving the support they need and deserve.
By joining the MSC Support Platform – I sincerely hope those left to face this investigation without support can get the answers and information they need to move forward with confidence and a well-thought-out plan of action. Our highly trained professionals are also on hand to respond quickly to any questions or concerns that contractors have, and the platform is under constant development to ensure it continues to meet the needs of those who have been left on their own”.
What is included?
The MSC Support Platform is available to limited company directors who have been impacted by the MSC investigation (non-Churchill Knight clients) at a low, one-off cost, and includes all the below.
Support via a dedicated contact feature
Churchill Knight has been providing ongoing support via a dedicated contact channel for our clients. When you join the MSC Support Platform, you will also have access to a dedicated contact channel to message us as much as you want. We are on hand to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you have about the investigation and your defence. The dedicated contact feature is not generic – you will receive tailored responses from the Churchill Knight team to your precise queries. You can also upload documents directly to us if you would like our opinion and guidance on what course of action is required.
A private forum
Everyone who joins the MSC Support Platform will have access to a private forum, providing the perfect safe place to discuss the investigation and seek guidance and share advice with professionals who have been impacted. There are public forums out there, and while these have advantages, a significant concern is the spread of misinformation. By using the private forum on the MSC Support Platform, Churchill Knight can monitor comments and share our views while ensuring that inaccuracies are addressed.
The platform is full of the most frequency asked questions by our clients who have been impacted by this investigation. Have a look and see if these help you answer any queries you have. If not, you can send us a message, as we are regularly updating the FAQs.
A history of our correspondence with HMRC and our clients
The MSC Support Platform includes all of the updates that we have provided our clients about the progress of the MSC investigation, including the information we have received from HMRC and how it applies to the investigation and our clients defence. The portal also includes the information we have shared with our clients on the back of meetings with HMRC and our lawyers who are leading the technical defense of the group action case.
Assistance with appealing against determination notices (Regulation 80 and Section 8 for NI)
To help our clients appeal against Regulation 80 and Section 8 for NI, Churchill Knight has created a template appeal letter that will be available to all those who register to the MSC Support Platform, as well as the information you need to submit an appeal to HMRC.
Section 61B(1) (a) and 61B(1) (b) ITEPA 2003 advice
Churchill Knight have helped some of our clients challenge HMRC in regards to Section 61B(1) (a) and 61B(1) (b) ITEPA 2003. The MSC Support Portal includes thorough information about this legislation and will help you determine whether or not you think you are eligible to challenge HMRC. The information you need to challenge HMRC about this legislation is also included, and we’re here to offer support with your challenges, if required.
The MSC Support Platform is designed to provide those impacted by HMRC’s MSC investigation with all the information they need to move forward with complete knowledge and confidence. We will be updating the platform regularly with new content, the latest updates and materials that have been requested by those who have registered.
For a one-off price of £700 (+ VAT), you can join the MSC Support Platform and get instant access* to the encyclopedia of information and knowledge about HMRC’s MSC investigation. The platform is designed to help you understand the legislation and what you need to do to defend your limited company, as well as offer support via a dedicated contact feature and access to a forum where you can discuss the investigation with fellow business owners facing the same challenges.
Already joined the MSC Support Platform? Please use the button below to be taken to the login page. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
*Upon registration and cleared payment, you will be contacted by Churchill Knight within 48 hours with your login credentials to access the MSC Support Platform. If you do not receive this information, please check your junk/spam folders, and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information below provides you with the terms and conditions on which we, Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd, will grant you access to the MSC Support Platform on https://msc-support.co.uk/ via a one-off subscription payment service (Service). Please read these carefully and only commit to registering to the MSC Support Platform if you are entirely satisfied with all the content. By registering with the MSC Support Platform, you understand that you are bound by these terms and conditions.
By placing an order on MSC Support Platform and making the one-off payment, you confirm that you are:
- Legally capable of entering into a binding contract.
- At least 18 years of age.
- You are a resident of the United Kingdom and will exclusively access the MSC Support Platform from within the United Kingdom.
The agreement and contract between you and us
When you complete payment having read these terms and conditions, you will receive an email within 48 hours with the information you need to access the MSC Support Platform (username and password). The URL you need to login to the MSC Support Platform is https://msc-support.co.uk/login/.
All orders placed on the MSC Support Platform are subject to approval by Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd. We reserve the right to decline access to users at our discretion. In this scenario, you will be issued with a full refund and denied access to the MSC Support Platform. You will receive an email from us if we decline you access.
By placing an order, you will have access to the resources on the platform for the duration of the MSC Support Platform being live. Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd will give all registered members 14 days’ notice if the platform is to be permanently switched off (meaning you will be denied access moving forward). We reserve the right to remove any users from the MSC Support Platform at our discretion, without warning, and no refund will be due.
There is a one-off payment to gain access to the MSC Support Platform, and no ongoing subscription payments are required.
The email address you use upon registration is the email address that we will contact you on and send login details to. You must ensure you have full access to the email address and incoming emails for the account you use when registering.
By registering for the MSC Support Platform, you agree:
- To keep your login information to yourself (private) and not share your details with any third party. You have exclusive access to the MSC Support Platform, and sharing your credentials breaks these terms and conditions, and your account will be terminated, and we may take further action. This includes friends and colleagues – you cannot share your credentials with anyone else or allow any third party access to your account on the MSC Support Platform.
- All information on the MSC Support Platform, including announcements, FAQs, forum content and correspondence directly with Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd remains confidential and you must not share this information with any third party. This means you cannot share on social media and cannot copy any content into the public domain (including sharing on other forums, sending to the press, etc.). All content on the MSC Support Platform must not be distributed elsewhere under any circumstances.
- Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd remain owners of all content and materials on the MSC Support Platform.
All information on the MSC Support Platform is for information purposes only and must not be taken as factual legal advice. Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd are not legal experts and will not help defend you against HMRC’s investigation. The purpose of the MSC Support Platform is to provide you with helpful advice. You are entirely responsible for your own defense and Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd will not be held accountable for any incorrect information on the MSC Support Platform, or information that you use in defending your limited company against the investigation. We recommend that you seek external advice from a legal professional.
Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd has the right to update and amend these terms and conditions as we see fit. Please ensure you check these regularly and continue to abide by them.
The payment you make to us is processed via Stripe.
To join the MSC Support Platform, a one-off payment is required and the price is stated on the form you need to complete (available here – https://msc-support.co.uk/).
You will be sent your login credentials for the MSC Support Platform within 28 hours of your payment being successfully received. These details will be emailed to you using the email address you used to register. If you do not receive your login credentials within 48 hours of making payment, please check your spam and junk folders, and email email@example.com.
These Content Standards apply to each part of a Contribution as well as to its whole (MSC Support Platform). The Content Standards must be complied with in spirit as well as to the letter. We will determine, in our discretion, whether a Contribution breaches the Content Standards.
A Contribution must:
- Be accurate (where it states facts).
- Be genuinely held (where it states opinions).
- Comply with the law applicable in England and Wales and in any country from which it is posted.
- Be relevant.
A Contribution must not:
- Be defamatory of any person.
- Be obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory.
- Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
- Disclose the name, address, telephone, mobile or fax number, e-mail address or any other personal data in respect of any individual.
- Infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person.
- Breach any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence.
- Be in contempt of court.
- Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.
- Impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person.
- Give the impression that the Contribution emanates from us if this is not the case.
- Advocate, promote, incite any third party to commit, or assist any unlawful or criminal act.
- Contain a statement which you know or believe, or have reasonable grounds for believing, that members of the public to whom the statement is, or is to be, published are likely to understand as a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
- Contain any advertising or promote any services or web links to other sites.
By submitting a Contribution to the Forum, you agree to grant us a non-exclusive licence to use that Contribution. Although you will still own the copyright in your Contribution, we will have the right to freely use, edit, alter, reproduce, publish and/or distribute the material contained in your Contribution. This licence will be free of charge, perpetual and capable of sub-licence. We may exercise all copyright and publicity rights in the material contained in your Contribution in all jurisdictions, to their full extent and for the full period for which any such rights exist in that material. You also agree not to share any Contributions made on the Forum, either by you, Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd or other members of the MSC Support Platform with any third-parties and you must not post anywhere externally.
Please also note that, in accordance with the Content Standards above, you must ensure that your Contribution does not infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person. By submitting your Contribution to the Forum, you are warranting that you have the right to grant us the non-exclusive copyright licence described above.
If you are not in a position to grant such a licence to us, please do not submit the Contribution to the Forum.
- Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Forum.
- Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any Contribution already posted on the Forum.
- Issue of a warning to you.
- Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
- Further legal action against you.
- Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law.
We exclude liability for all action we may take in response to breaches of these Rules. The actions described above are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.
If you wish to complain about any Contribution posted to the Forum, please e-mail us using the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then review the Contribution and decide whether it complies with the Content Standards above. We will deal with any Contribution which, in our opinion, violates the Content Standards as described above (see section “Breach of these Rules”). We will inform you of the outcome of our review within a reasonable time of receiving your complaint.
We may revise these Rules at any time. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we may make, as they are legally binding on you.
Events outside our control
We will not be held responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance, and of our obligations under these terms and conditions and the agreement between you and us, for events caused outside our reasonable control (Force Majeure Event), including:
- Strikes, lock-outs and/or other industrial action.
- Civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war.
- Fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster.
- Impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport.
- Impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks.
- The acts, decrees, legislation, regulations or restrictions of any government.
By registering to an online platform, you understand the risks of downtime that could potentially be caused by internet service providers, Content Management Systems and issues encountered as a result of cyber criminality. Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd has taken multiple precautions to ensure that the MSC Support Platform remains stable and live online (and secure) but will not be held accountable for any unexpected downtime.
To ensure the MSC Support Platform remains secure against cyber threats, we will be running ongoing security updates that may result in downtime. All updates will be made at a time we consider to be most courteous.
The MSC Support Platform has a dedicated contact feature that allows you to contact Churchill Knight & Associates Ltd directly. We endeavor to reply to all messages to your satisfaction within 48 hours. As we are not legal experts, all responses are for informational purposes only and cannot be considered legal advice. We will share our honest opinions on your circumstances, but recommend you seek professional advice from a legal expert. We cannot be held accountable for any inaccuracies or incorrect information that we provide you. You can also send us an email by contacting email@example.com.
You will not be eligible for a refund once submitting payment to join the MSC Support Platform. This does not affect your statutory rights. For more information, please contact us via the contact feature on the platform, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can cancel your account with the MSC Support Platform at any time. Please contact us via the portal or by emailing email@example.com if you would like us to terminate your account on the platform. You will not be eligible for a refund. If you wish to re-join the MSC Support Platform at a later date, you will be required to re-register and pay again for a new account under these terms and conditions.
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