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Are contractors ever in ‘Control’ of a client relationship?

Can contractors prove they 'Control' the service they provide?  Q. With IR35 reform on the horizon, I’ve been doing some thinking about what it means to provide a service that legitimately belongs outside IR35, which is where my contract currently…

Should contractors have a contract in place with their own company?

Can contractors draw up a contract with their PSC? Q. I am a contractor and recently saw an article which suggested there may be financial benefits if I had a contract in place between myself and my limited company. Unfortunately,…

Will HMRC stop investigating contractors when IR35 reform lands?

Will HMRC solely focus on firms' compliance from April 2021? Q. I’m aware that changes to the off-payroll working rules will now certainly be rolled out to the private sector next April, with the risk that we currently carry as…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Can firms uphold blanket contractor bans?

Blanket IR35 decisions - do clients have to budge? Q. Like many contractors, in the lead up to 6th April, I was subject to a blanket IR35 determination. My client took the decision to place all contractors it engages inside…

How much tax has IR35 reform raised?

Does extra tax revenue mean IR35 reform has worked? Q. Can you please advise if IR35 reform in the public sector has resulted in a net increase in annualised tax revenue for HMRC, and if so, by what percentage? I…

Can contractors work when furloughed?

Can furloughed contractors work at all? Q. Like many contractors, I find myself in the unenviable situation where I am considering furloughing myself in order to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to claim 80% of my PAYE…

Should contractors revert back outside IR35?

Does reverting back outside IR35 pose a risk? Q. Similar to many other contractors (from what I’ve read), I was placed inside IR35 by my client last month, as they prepared for the arrival of IR35 reform on 6th April.…

Does forming a new PSC impact IR35 compliance?

Does starting a new PSC have any bearing on my IR35 compliance? Q. I recently closed my limited company due to the expected arrival of IR35 reform on 6th April. However, given the changes have now been delayed by a…

Why has my agency forced me inside IR35?

My agency insists I work inside IR35, but why? Q. Although changes to the off-payroll working rules were delayed by one year (which came as a huge relief), the agency I work through has insisted that all contractors it places…