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Summer Statement slammed for ignoring contractors

Chancellor criticised for overlooking independent workers yet again The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been slammed by industry experts for failing to mention contractors or any of the UK’s 5m self-employed workers in the Summer Statement, which was criticised for…

IR35 reform will definitely arrive in 2021 after MPs reject delay

“No turning back” as 2021 rollout confirmed as part of Finance Bill  IR35 reform in the private sector will certainly be enforced on 6th April 2021, after MPs voted against delaying the controversial changes until the 2023/24 tax year in…

Is 78% take-home pay realistic via an umbrella?

Can contractors compliantly take home 78% after tax via an umbrella? Q. I have been working outside IR35 via my limited company for the last 18 months. With private sector reform on the horizon, I may well be offered a…

Parliament created the Loan Charge injustice, now Parliament must resolve it

MPs must put right "injustice that is a stain on this country and our democracy" It’s hard to imagine, amidst all the challenges of COVID-19 and Brexit and with politics feeling as divided as it ever has in this country,…

Does working from home impact IR35 status?

Might only working from home mean your contract belongs outside IR35? Q. My question is regarding IR35 and the impact working from home may have on my IR35 status. Before the COVID-19 lockdown, I was assessed as being caught by…

IR35 reform given “green light” by MPs 

IR35 reform one step closer to becoming a reality  Hopes that IR35 reform will be scrapped have faded further after MPs initially approved the 2021 rollout in Parliament last week. Having been postponed by 12-months due to COVID-19, the revised rollout…

Can contractors guarantee outside IR35 status?

Is there a surefire way to prove outside IR35 status? Q. With IR35 changes having been postponed by a year, now that I’m able to set my tax status until April 2021, which area of the legislation matters most? How…

How to find the perfect client in a pandemic

Three ways contractors can land the right client in a ‘new normal’ There is no doubt that the crisis from which we are slowly emerging has been devastating - for the people who were tragically infected by it, and their…

Government told it “must” support 710,000 contractors during COVID-19

Report calls on Government to help limited company contractors The Treasury Select Committee has told the Government that it “must” improve the COVID-19 support available to nearly three-quarters of a million limited company contractors and hundreds of thousands of other…

Is having a contract in place a legal requirement?

Do freelancers need a contract in place before starting? Q. I’ve been freelancing for a year or so. I work with a number of clients, occasionally simultaneously, but more often than not, one by one. Whilst I understand that having…

Contractor hiring falls, but “worst may be behind us” 

Contractor hiring decreases again, but things are "looking up" While COVID-19 saw contractor hiring and permanent placements in May fall at the second sharpest rate on record, experts believe that the "worst may be behind us."  This is the latest…

Do new contractors qualify for Coronavirus support?

What Coronavirus help, if any, can new contractors receive? Q. I am fairly new to contracting, having only formed my limited company in January of this year. I worked for a client for a week in January, however, since then I…

What financial protection might contractors need during COVID-19?

Protect your financial interests throughout COVID-19 The possible impacts of the Coronavirus on the contracting industry are wide-reaching. Contractors face quarantines and other governmental actions that continue to threaten the contracting workforce. So, as contractors, how best can you protect…

How to futureproof your freelance business 

Futureproof your business, ready for life after lockdown There’s no denying that the way all of us work has changed drastically in the last few months. And whilst there’s concern among many freelancers and contractors about opportunities drying up due…

Self-employment support extended but contractors ‘forgotten’

SEISS extended, but Chancellor "ignores" contractors  The welcome news that the COVID-19 support for the self-employed has been extended until August doesn’t make up for the fact that hundreds of thousands of freelancers and contractors have been “forgotten", experts say. …

Will IR35 reform actually be introduced in 2021?

Is there a chance that IR35 reform will be delayed again? Q. Whilst I’m aware that changes to the off-payroll tax were postponed recently as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, I’m slightly confused as to whether the reforms are…