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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.

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