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IR35 – How to pay a substitute

Q. There are many posts regarding IR35 and substitution, but no details on how to pay substitute from my limited company. Within my current contract I have the right to provide a substitute, I cannot fulfil the contract without a substitute...

Form is temporary, class is permanent

If you are sipping on a drink or eating whilst reading this article, then I suggest you stop now because you may splutter or choke when reading the next line! HMRC have recently published their report and annual accounts for 2017-18 Annua...

CEST without MOO counters IR35

There has been no letup in the criticism of HMRC’s IR35 tool (CEST) in recent months, with pressure mounting on The Treasury to finally explain their thinking behind the absence of MOO (Mutuality of Obligation) in the controversial tech...

HMRC holding hands over their ears

Many were bewildered as to why it was necessary for Qdos client, Jensal Software Ltd, to seek its justice at the Tax Tribunal. Quite simply, it was because HMRC’s attitude was arrogant, stubborn and completely unreasonable, but it appea...

Contractors bullied by clients

New Qdos Contractor research suggesting that nearly one in three contractors have felt ‘bullied’ into entering a working arrangement which only benefits the engager, is the latest indication that the Government’s IR35 strategy is no...

How to write an IR35 friendly CV and LinkedIn Profile

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Am I outside of IR35?

Q. I am providing services to the communications department of a Local Authority. I am confident that I am outside of IR35 and the organisation have assessed me as being so. I use all of my own equipment but it is very difficult to carry ou...

BBC in talks with HMRC to reach solution over IR35

The BBC are apparently in tasks with HMRC with regard to reaching a solution for determining the IR35 status of its off-payroll workers, in light of the changes to the IR35 legislation introduced in April last year, according to ContractorU...

You can’t legislate for status

In its response to the recently closed HMRC consultation on simplifying employment status, the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) have rejected the suggestion that enshrining existing status law in legislation might improve the curren...

A message to Hermes

This Monday, the Leeds Employment Tribunal ruled that a group of self-employed couriers were entitled to the National Minimum Wage and holiday pay. Following their successes against Uber and Addison Lee, the GMB Union are once again ch...

Is it time ‘aggressive’ HMRC changed tactics?

If HMRC’s introduction of the IR35 legislation back in 2000 wasn’t enough to fracture the Government’s relationship with contractors, the way in which these complex rules have since been enforced seems to have done just that. This ...

Are HMRC GDPR compliant?

Q. I am working in a Public Sector organisation (NOT NHS) in Wales, via Hays IT, and HMRC have been doing some investigative digging for the last year since the CEST was used to review each contractors status.. I was informed on Friday that...

Contractor group demand suicide helpline

A group representing contractors and freelance workers in the UK have taken the unprecedented step of calling on HMRC to set up a 24-hour Suicide Hotline to deal with ever increasing volumes of calls from people reporting suicidal thought...

Pimlico Plumbers appeal goes down the pan

After failing to persuade the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd, also failed in his company’s appeal to convince the Supreme Court that Gary Smith, an ex-Pimlico self-employed operative, ...

Debacle over BBC pay continues

The whole debacle into the way in which the BBC pay its workers arose due to the change in IR35 legislation for self-employed workers, operating within the public- sector, introduced from April 2017. A Select Committee Hearing on 20th Mar...

Does the Pimlico Plumbers battle undermine IR35?

Q. Does the plumber's recent workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers undermine IR35 for contractors? The Supreme Court ruled that despite being self-employed, he was able to insist on workers rights. Could this open the floodgates f...