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New Chancellor urged to halt IR35 reform

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has been welcomed into his role by IR35 specialists who immediately advised him to stop the roll-out of IR35 reform on 6th April. Having succeeded Sajid Javid, who unexpectedly resigned...

Contractors outline plans for life after IR35 reform

Individuals impacted by incoming IR35 reform have had their say on unpopular changes to the legislation, with half of contractors stating they will only continue working this way if they can find projects to which the off-payroll working ...

Will a fixed-length contract put me outside IR35?

Q. I typically work on contracts outside IR35 that last anywhere between three and six months. With medium and large private sector companies set to become responsible for administering the IR35 rules from 6th April, I’m concerned that ...

Will clients be able to make accurate IR35 determinations?

The draft private sector IR35 legislation raises many entirely legitimate concerns, but the central problem, the one that is the foundation upon which all other concerns are based, isn’t actually in the draft clauses at all. It is that ...

Lords launch IR35 inquiry 

The Lords Select Committee has announced it will investigate the proposed extension to the off-payroll working rules and called on the parties impacted by the reform to contribute to the IR35 inquiry.  While scrutinising the Finance B...

Is an umbrella company the way to go?

With the IR35 private sector reforms just around the corner, there is concern from contractors about how these changes will impact their working practices. But your contract being deemed inside IR35 by your client doesn’t need to spell ...

Protest against IR35 reform to take place

With controversial changes to the Off-payroll working rules drawing closer, a campaign group has organised a demonstration in Westminster in an attempt to halt IR35 reform.  Led by the lobbying group, Stop the Off-payroll Tax, freelan...

Does ‘financial risk’ mean I belong outside IR35?

Q. My client recently used CEST to evaluate my IR35 status. The tool deemed my contract inside IR35. However, I intend to appeal this determination based on the fact that my company is financially liable for any mistakes made when deliver...

More self-assessment tax returns filed than ever

HMRC has revealed that a record-breaking 11.1million taxpayers filed their self-assessment tax return by the 31st January deadline, a figure which the association for the self-employed, IPSE, say is thanks to the UK’s “ever-growing”...

Does IR35 reform apply if I’m based abroad?

Q. I live permanently in Romania. I operate through my own limited company, which is registered in Romania and subject to Romanian taxes. I’m not a tax resident in the UK and haven’t been for well over a decade. However, I do deliver w...

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 and call 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 e...

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...