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Scifi Remodel: People Who Have Converted Their Homes into Imaginary Worlds

As they sing in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Don’t dream it — be it.” That’s what these fans have done, by turing rooms and even whole apartments into the sets from their favorite science fiction shows and movies.

Star Trek apartment by Tony Alleyne, Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK

Scifi Remodel: People Who Have Converted Their Homes into Imaginary Worlds

In 1994, Alleyne began the work on his 500-square foot apartment and within 10 years he just converted it to a fantastic Federation vessel.

Scifi Remodel: People Who Have Converted Their Homes into Imaginary Worlds

Scifi Remodel: People Who Have Converted Their Homes into Imaginary Worlds

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HMRC flexes new powers on contract and freelance workers in £5.5bn raid

Thousands of contractors and freelancers have become ensnared in a £5.5bn tax grab – aimed initially at wealthy tax dodgers – that allows HM Revenue & Customs to demand backdated taxes to be paid, in full, within a three-month deadline.

The allegedly underpaid tax can relate to periods of employment from many years ago.

HMRC was handed the powers last year to force wealthy investors accused of using “aggressive tax avoidance” schemes to pay their potential tax liabilities up front, instead of having to chase them through the courts.

Previously, HMRC was forced to pursue its missing billions in costly court battles, prompting the Government to approve the legislation in 2014.

Millionaire businesspeople and Premier League footballers are now facing tax demands of up to £10m after pouring money into questionable, tax-driven investment schemes.

Most schemes depended upon the tax reliefs available for film projects and other start-ups. “Tax avoiders are running out of options,” said Jennie Granger, HMRC’s director of enforcement. “People now have to pay upfront and dispute later.”

But evidence suggests that HMRC’s powers to demand “accelerated payments” are being used to target more moderately well-off individuals – who are only now being told to pay back-taxes from jobs they held years ago.

HMRC has, for years, retained the right to go after these taxpayers for tax allegedly underpaid.

Among them is freelance IT technician Mr Adams (not his real name), who since April has received three demands totalling £27,900 from a job he held seven years ago.

If it’s later found that he was innocent of using an “aggressive avoidance” scheme, he will get a refund. In the meantime he has to find the money within months.

“The latest deadline I’ve been given is the end of September,” said Mr Adams, who explained that the amount was around a third of his yearly salary. “If I don’t get the money, I’ll go bankrupt.”

Between 2008 and 2010, Mr Adams freelanced at various banks in London.

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