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Contractors “ignored” in COVID-19 support package

The Government faces a backlash from hundreds of thousands of contractors after it became clear that individuals operating through limited companies do not qualify for the COVID-19 self-employment support package. Having already announ...

Does being a ‘key worker’ impact IR35 status?

Q. I’m a contractor working in a Government department on a contract that sits outside IR35. Everyone there - civil servants and contractors - have now been designated as ‘key workers’ in the context of the Coronavirus. This follows...

A 2020 business survival strategy for contractors 

These are extremely tough times - Coronavirus and IR35 reform are just two of the significant challenges to affect contractors currently. Although, there was some moderately good news when the Government announced the postponement of IR35...

What help is there for contractors during COVID-19?

On 20th March, the Government announced a series of measures to help the employed and SMEs through the COVID-19 crisis. Notably, contractors and the self-employed weren't directly included in the most generous and useful measure announced...

COVID-19: Support package promised for self-employed

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has said the Government is working on a COVID-19 support package for the self-employed, with a proposed amendment to the Coronavirus Bill indicating its potential details. After facing crit...

Expert IR35 advice for contractors

As you'll no doubt know by now, in a shock announcement on Tuesday 17th March, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, announced the private sector IR35 reforms have been delayed until 6th April 2021 du...

Does my client’s IR35 decision still stand?

Q. What does the last-minute delay to IR35 reform mean for the determination my client made? I have been placed inside IR35 by my client - a decision which I was intending to appeal - however, do I need to do this now, given reform will n...

COVID-19 leads to last-minute IR35 reform delay

The Government has delayed controversial IR35 reform by one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that contractors will continue to decide their IR35 status for another 12 months when working in the private sector.  After ...

Does MoO mean I belong inside IR35?

Q. My contract states there is no Mutuality of Obligation (MoO) at the end of my contract period, but even so it has been determined inside IR35 partly because MoO does exist on a day-to-day basis. I assume that MoO does exist to a degree...

Budget 2020 confirms IR35 reform

The Budget 2020 speech saw a flurry of announcements, ambitious deadlines and an overarching theme of getting it done’. In what was his first Budget speech, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, outlined me...

Contractors question legality of IR35 decisions

With changes to the off-payroll working rules imminent, 69% of a staggering 12,000 contractors have said they do not believe the way their client has assessed IR35 status is fair, with 58% of the opinion that IR35 decisions are not being ...

Do contractors still need IR35 insurance?

Q. I understand that from 6th April I will not be able to set my own IR35 status in the private sector unless I contract for a 'small' company. I also know that I will no longer carry the IR35 risk, which will be passed over to the fee-pa...

Will my “overseas” client set my IR35 status?

Q. I am an IT contractor working through my own PSC. I am engaged directly by my client, that has a special status whereby it is based in London but operates outside of UK legislation, including tax and employment law. Permanent employees...

“Recklessly inadequate” IR35 review published

The Government’s response to its review into IR35 reform has been widely criticised by sector experts for being underwhelming, not genuine and, according to one IR35 specialist, “recklessly inadequate”. Having launched the...

Freelancers, discover your WorkStyle

When you work for yourself, it can sometimes feel like you’re working by yourself, and a support network isn’t always easy to come by. But Parasol are here to change that, thanks to our latest publication, WorkStyle.

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Eamonn Holmes defeated in IR35 tax tribunal

Renowned TV and radio presenter, Eamonn Holmes, has lost an IR35 tax tribunal despite having spent some forty years working as a freelance broadcaster. The presenter of This Morning was contesting HMRC’s view that contracts held in the...