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A group of MPs blast 'flawed' IR35 rules and urge government to tackle the 'wild west' supply chain exploiting contractors The Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have published an inquiry into How Contracting Should Work, which exposes “significant” non-compliance in…

Excluded self-employed ‘plunged into debt and poverty’

Treasury warned self-employed face financial hardship after falling through the cracks in government support Campaign group ExcludedUK, which was formed in the wake of the pandemic after an estimated three million self-employed people were excluded from emergency support, has written…

Is a shift in thinking needed to navigate IR35 reform?

Steps contractors can take to manage IR35 reform in the private sector  After a period of disappointment and reflection following the introduction of IR35 reform earlier this month, the only thing left to do for contractors is to either wave…

‘Historic moment’ as controversial IR35 reform lands

IR35 reform has been rolled out in the private sector, risking 'serious harm' to contractors The roll-out of IR35 reform in the private sector today (6th April), has been described as a “historic moment” and one that has come at…

Pandemic to cost small businesses over £12.6 billion

The Coronavirus pandemic is set to cost UK small businesses more than £12.6 billion, double last year’s forecasts A report by insurance provider, Simply Business, has revealed that small businesses have lost £15,673 so far on average throughout COVID-19, but…

What are the most searched questions about IR35 reform?

A pitstop guide to the most frequently searched questions about IR35 reform Somewhat surprisingly, despite IR35 reform in the private sector being just days away, research reveals that search interest in IR35 has plummeted since the delay to these controversial…

HMRC’s IR35 research ‘sharply contradicts’ reality of reform

Government's IR35 research branded 'overly optimistic' by experts The report, titled 'Effects of the off-payroll working reforms on agencies', by IFF on behalf of HMRC, explores the impact IR35 reform in the public sector in 2017 had on recruitment agencies.  However,…

Tax Day: Modern tax system must work for self-employed

The government have an “opportunity to build a fairer tax system” for the self-employed say experts in response to ‘Tax Day’ The Treasury published a series of tax documents and consultations on 'Tax Day', outlining future policy changes, which include…

‘Hasty’ IR35 decisions have ‘disastrous’ consequences

With reform imminent, experts urge firms not to make “hasty" IR35 decisions  A quarter of contractors say their clients have already told them they will determine all engagements inside IR35, new research by self-employment trade body, IPSE, has found. The…

New Small Business Commissioner announced

Former BBC journalist and broadcaster, Liz Barclay, has been appointed as the new Small Business Commissioner Liz Barclay will be the first female to take up the Small Business Commissioner post, which was created in 2016 to help small businesses…

More women considering freelancing despite widening gender pay gap

Self-employed men earn 43 per cent more than women, but more females are considering going freelance  The Coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected women in work, with research showing that it has dramatically impacted the gender pay gap. Despite this worrying…

Contractor placements rise despite IR35 reform

Marginal growth in contractor opportunities found as the private sector braces itself for IR35 reform Exclusive research into the jobs market has revealed that freelancer and contractor placements increased in February despite the imminent introduction of IR35 reform. The data,…

Moving inside IR35: are contractors still at risk?

Are contractors who transfer inside IR35 due to reform still at risk of a tax enquiry? Q. I am convinced that when my current client carries out IR35 assessments they will blanket everyone inside the legislation irrespective of their true…

Budget 2021: ‘Clear cracks’ in Chancellor’s plan

The Chancellor’s Budget pledge to 'protect jobs and livelihoods' welcomed, but there are 'clear cracks' in the government's plan Addressing the House of Commons in the 2021 Budget, Rishi Sunak vowed to “protect the jobs and livelihoods of British people”…

Uber ruling shows ‘glaring need for clarity’ in employment law

The Supreme Court ruled Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed, in landmark judgement The UK’s highest court has upheld the High Court’s decision that the Uber drivers are not self-employed and should be classed as workers, meaning they are…

HMRC lose £124,000 IR35 case appeal against presenter 

BBC and ITV presenter wins IR35 case after tribunal dismisses HMRC’s appeal Kaye Adams has won her long-running IR35 case, after the Upper Tier Tribunal upheld a previous ruling that deemed her engagements outside the clutches of IR35. The Loose…