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IR35 – What Is It And How Does It Affect You?

Whatever your involvement in contracting, seasoned pro or just starting out, you will probably have heard quite a lot about IR35. Even some long-time contractors though have little understanding of what it actually is, how it impacts them and how, with care, they can establish working patterns and contractual relationships that keep them outside of its scope. The lack of understanding in the contracting industry causes confusion, stress and higher than necessary bills for many, with contractors being drawn into expensive umbrellas or accountancy packages on the basis of meaningless claims such as “IR35 Compliant”. This series of guides will take you through what the rules actually say and what that means for you.

HM Treasury is expected to confirm on Tuesday whether it will be conducting a review of proposed IR35 reforms that are planned to take effect from April of this year. Chancellor Sajid Javid pledged to review the controversial IR35 tax changes, which will see hirers of contractors become...
The independent review into the controversial contractor tax, the 2019 Loan Charge was published on Friday to widespread consternation from the contractor community. Despite recommending key reductions to the scope of the levy and compelling HM Revenue & Customs to offer more manageable payment terms to affected taxpayers for this contractor tax.
After a week in which several major hirers of contractors declared that they would be forcing all of their freelancers on to PAYE income tax and National Insurance – so-called “blanketing” – come the new financial year, on Wednesday it appeared that some good news for UK contractors had emerged.
With less than 16 weeks to go until the implementation date of IR35 reforms, also known as the Off-Payroll rules, into the private sector, new research from a recruitment trade body has shown that recruiters believe that just fifty-one per cent of their clients are “actively preparing” for the new IR35...
Yet more hirers of contractors have imposed restrictions on engaging contractors as the implementation date of IR35 reforms looms ever closer. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has issued a stock request to all of its contractors, who number around 1,500, to move to PAYE in the first quarter of 2020 or...
With a majority Tory government now in place following last week’s emphatic general election result, several major recruitment trade bodies are seeking clarity on key policy areas that will affect the industry. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and the Association of Recruitment...
Vodafone Group plc has become the latest major UK company to cease hiring limited company contractors, in a decision revealed this week. The telecoms giant joins major financial services firms such as HSBC, Morgan Stanley and the Royal Bank of Scotland in the move, ostensibly driven by changes...
As the major parties scramble for contractors’ votes, the Conservative Party has bowed to political pressure with chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid committing to a review of “the proposed changes to IR35” last Saturday. The Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the Green Party had previously made similar...
HM Revenue & Customs has updated its highly criticised online IR35 status checker to include over thirty new questions, following consultation with more than three hundred stakeholders. The update comes just under six months before the roll-out of IR35 reform, known as the Off-Payroll rules, to the private sector,...
A Government minister indicated on Wednesday evening that, if elected, the Conservative party will not be cancelling the extension of IR35 reforms, otherwise known as the Off-Payroll rules, into the private sector. Speaking on Eddie Mair's "Election Call" on LBC Radio, parliamentary under-secretary of state for justice Chris Philp...