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Can contractors overturn a blanket IR35 decision? 

Possibly, but changing a client's mind may prove difficult Q. My client in the private sector had initially placed me and all contractors it engages inside IR35 prior to the anticipated rollout of IR35 reform in April of this year.…

Are contractors who go umbrella at risk of an IR35 enquiry?

Will moving from outside IR35 to umbrella spark an IR35 enquiry? Q. I’ve been told by my client that to continue working for them after IR35 reform is introduced next year I’ll need to work via an umbrella company. While…

What is the most tax-efficient way to pay yourself in 2020/21?

How can contractors pay themselves tax-efficiently in the 2020/21 tax year? Q. Like many contractors, I don’t have much time on my hands to make sure I’m operating in the most tax-efficient manner, while my contractor accountant isn’t particularly proactive…

Does completing a COVID-19 risk assessment jeopardise IR35 status?

Will a risk-assessment impact my IR35 position? Q. I worked from my home office during the COVID-19 lockdown period. The client is now reopening its offices to staff and contractors, and I will have reason to travel there. The client…

How can contractors reclaim tax from unfair IR35 decisions?

Can contractors claim a refund from inaccurate IR35 assessments? Q. With IR35 reform now nailed on for next April, like many of my fellow contractors, I’m bracing myself for the worst - working off the assumption that my client, who…

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…