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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…

Will my umbrella company furlough me?

Do umbrella workers qualify for the Job Retention Scheme? Q. I work via an umbrella company but, due to COVID-19, my contract has been terminated. I’ve read a few contrasting reports in the past few weeks with regards to whether…

Steep decline in contractor hiring levelling out

Contractor hiring suffering, but decline is "flattening" Coronavirus saw contractor hiring severely impacted in April, with vacancies for professional contract roles falling 44% year-on-year and 41% month-on-month. However, experts say the decline is beginning to flatten, offering some hope for…

Calls to delay IR35 reform again are rejected 

April 2021 implementation date still stands A tabled amendment to the Finance Bill calling for IR35 reform in the private sector to be delayed until 2023/24 has been rejected, as the Bill passed without a division. This means the controversial…