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Q: When working for a public sector client, is it the client's decision to assess whether I am outside IR35 or not? Suppose the client tells me that I am outside IR35, but later HMRC investigate and decide to find me inside. Who is no...

Third Party Contracts and Insurance

Q: I have recently contracted to a Government quango via a third party that taxes me, the department insists that all contractors are inside IR35, but as a result, I have no cover for professional and public indemnity should I give wrong ad...

Do IR35 rules apply for clients overseas?

Q: I'm a UK resident, with a UK Limited company. My clients are exclusively in the US and overseas. Do IR35 rules apply, or only if the client is based in the UK? A: As both you & your limited company are UK resident, then the IR3...

Does IR35 apply to non-UK residents?

Q. Hi, If I'm planning to start working as an IT contractor for UK based client. I got my LTD company registered already. However, my plan is to work from European countries remotely. Can I still be eligable for IR35 this way? A. You don...

Contractor insurance for less than 12 months?

Q. I'd like not to have to be locked into an annual contract for my business insurance (limited company, working in financial services). Can you recommend any suppliers who offer a rolling monthly contract? A. We aren’t aware of any p...

What travel expenses can I claim?

Q. As a contractor working in London, but living 4 hours away I often work from my home office and then travel down to London staying overnight for say 2 nights per week. I therefore incur expenses for fuel, train, hotel and subsistence, wh...

Am I in breach of contract?

Q. My company provide design engineering services to a large automotive supplier company. The new manager, previously a person providing the same service to the same company is insisting on me working 0830-1700 Mon-Thu and 0830-1300 Fri. Pl...

Do I charge VAT?

Q. I'm working for a UK company via an EU (Irish) agency, my accountant says I do need to charge VAT as a UK company providing a service to a UK company regardless of who my contract is with but the agency is insistent that I don't as they ...

IR35 – Length of Engagement

Q. I've been contracting with the same client in the private sector for 3 years and they would like to extend for another year. I've had my contract reviewed and in itself it's outside of IR35. However, I was wondering if I'd be better off ...

Breach of Contract

Q. I am currently working on a short term contract for an small limited company who in turn is a contractor for a larger Spanish-owned company. I have a contract in place for 3 months with the small Ltd and I have received payment from th...

Permie or contractor?

Q. I am looking at some clarification regarding the 40% rule - if a contractor spends over 40% of their working time within 24 months at a particular workplace, that workplace will be considered permanent. What's working time and non-wor...

Is it legal for a business to refuse a VAT invoice?

Q. I have received the following email from my broadband provider: "We need to let you know about an important change to your Plusnet bill. From our records, we can see that the bill you currently get splits out the VAT amount. From 1...

IR35 – How to pay a substitute

Q. There are many posts regarding IR35 and substitution, but no details on how to pay substitute from my limited company. Within my current contract I have the right to provide a substitute, I cannot fulfil the contract without a substitute...

Am I outside of IR35?

Q. I am providing services to the communications department of a Local Authority. I am confident that I am outside of IR35 and the organisation have assessed me as being so. I use all of my own equipment but it is very difficult to carry ou...

Are HMRC GDPR compliant?

Q. I am working in a Public Sector organisation (NOT NHS) in Wales, via Hays IT, and HMRC have been doing some investigative digging for the last year since the CEST was used to review each contractors status.. I was informed on Friday that...

Does the Pimlico Plumbers battle undermine IR35?

Q. Does the plumber's recent workers' rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers undermine IR35 for contractors? The Supreme Court ruled that despite being self-employed, he was able to insist on workers rights. Could this open the floodgates f...