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How can contractors win work through LinkedIn?

LinkedIn now has over 660 million members worldwide, yet I still regularly chat with contractors who haven’t embraced it simply “because they don’t like social media.” Before I go any further and outline ways contractors can wi...

Staffing firms tell Chancellor to delay IR35 reform

Recruitment industry leaders have joined forces to lobby the Government for the delay of changes to the Off-payroll working rules. In a letter signed by fourteen recruitment organisations, the Chancellor of the Exchequer was called on ...

1,500 businesses have their say on IR35 reform

With the IR35 review open and the introduction of reform to the Off-payroll working rules less than three months away, 1,500 businesses impacted by the legislation have shared their views on the incoming changes. The research, conducte...

How much will working inside IR35 cost me?

Q. It’s looking very likely that my current client will take a short-sighted approach to IR35 reform and assess me as inside the legislation on 6th April. I’ve always worked outside IR35 and consider myself a genuine contractor, but i...

Last minute Self-Assessment Tax Return tips

It’s the same story every year: Christmas comes and goes, and in its wake leaves the promise of a new year and new goals. But if you’re self-employed, January also means the Self-Assessment Tax Return deadline. Feeling a little bit...

5 reasons why IR35 reform must be delayed

Despite the Government making it clear in the Off-payroll review launch that it intends to roll out IR35 reform in April, recruitment body, The REC, continues to lobby for at least a delay of the incoming changes.  On 6th April, contr...

Can HMRC investigate previous outside IR35 contracts after April?

Q. I work with a large private sector company. My contract is renewed every three months by my client, who I’ve been engaged by for the past six years. Every year I have my working practices reviewed, while I also make sure every new co...

Contractors told to prepare for IR35 reform 

The details published on the launch of the IR35 review last week suggest that April’s reform will be implemented, a number of contracting experts have said.  While the news that a review would be held to focus on the incoming change...

Government launches “inadequate” IR35 review

The Government launched its much-anticipated review into proposed changes to the IR35 legislation and faced an immediate backlash, with one expert describing it as “inadequate.” After having been urged to “act immediately” on t...

When inside IR35 should I still work through my PSC?

Q. With IR35 reform on the horizon and with it an increased risk of being placed inside IR35 by my client, is there any point in continuing to operate through my Personal Service Company if I’m declared inside the legislation? Or would ...

AWR changes and Swedish derogation explained

As a contractor, there’s a lot of legislation that you have to be aware of. One such piece is the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), which has garnered attention since it came into force in October 2011. Since there are changes ahead wit...

Do I pay Corporation Tax when working inside IR35?

It's fairly complicated, but assuming that you work inside IR35 on one but not all of your contracts in a year, your business will still need to settle its annual Corporation Tax bill, along with quarterly VAT returns, for example. Howeve...

Tax-free Christmas gifts for contractors

The festive season is here once again. If you’re a limited company director, Christmas could be a good opportunity to show any employees and directors just how much they are appreciated, by treating them to something. It's also worth re...

Resilient contractors to carry on despite IR35 reform

Research suggests that the majority of contractors impacted by IR35 reform will continue to operate as independent workers even though they will typically lose the right to determine their own tax status from April 2020.  The data, re...

PM urged to “act now” over IR35 promise

After Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won its biggest majority since 1987 in last week’s General Election, IR35 experts have called on the Prime Minister to “act now” and conduct a review of the off-payroll working rules befor...

IR35 a mystery to majority of self-employed 

With IR35 reform only months away, it has emerged that more than half of 2000 self-employed people do not know what the legislation is. This is despite each major political party addressing the issue recently, with the Conservatives, the ...