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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.

The Lords’ economic affairs committee has heavily criticised reforms to IR35 that were due to be extended to the private sector this April but were instead delayed for twelve months due to the coronavirus crisis. In a damning report entitled “Off-Payroll working: treating people fairly”, the...
The Lords’ Finance Bill Sub-Committee has urged the government to further delay the implementation of the extension of IR35 reforms known as the Off-Payroll rules in a letter to financial secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman. The Off-Payroll rules shift the responsibility for assessing...
The findings of an inquiry into the 2019 Loan Charge commissioned by HM Treasury last year are fundamentally flawed, according to a cross-party group of Parliamentarians established to scrutinise the policy. The Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) published a 64-page report this week...
The government has deferred the extension of the Off-Payroll IR35 rules into the private sector for twelve months until April 2021. Newly appointed chief secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay made the shock announcement in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening as part...
Recent research by a City-based recruitment consultancy has found that around one in five contractors are now looking for permanent roles ahead of the extension of IR35 reforms into the private sector on April 6. The reforms, known as the Off-Payroll rules, are expected...
It may have been International Women’s Day last Sunday but women caught by new IR35 rules may be left with little to celebrate, as it was claimed this week that the reforms may lead them to lose entitlement to maternity rights such as paid leave.
Contingent worker billings have dropped for the second consecutive month, a report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG has revealed.  The blame for the drop was placed firmly on the government’s IR35 reform policy, with the extension of the rules for large- and medium-sized...
A survey of 12,000 contractors by website ContractorCalculator.co.uk has revealed widespread non-compliance with the IR35 Off-Payroll rules by agencies and end-clients struggling to apply the complex legislation. The Off-Payroll rules were introduced into the public sector in 2017.  They shifted the burden of IR35...
Jaguar Land Rover has rejected claims that it has been applying a so-called blanket approach to the reformed IR35 rules, which are known as the Off-Payroll rules. The Off-Payroll Rules will shift responsibility for IR35 assessment on to the end-client for large and medium-sized...
HM Treasury published their long-awaited review into the implementation of IR35 reforms in the private sector this week with a commitment to the “soft landing” that chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak hinted at last weekend in Birmingham. The document confirms that HM Revenue...