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A group of MPs blast 'flawed' IR35 rules and urge government to tackle the 'wild west' supply chain exploiting contractors The Loan Charge All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) have published an inquiry into How Contracting Should Work, which exposes “significant” non-compliance in…

Is a shift in thinking needed to navigate IR35 reform?

Steps contractors can take to manage IR35 reform in the private sector  After a period of disappointment and reflection following the introduction of IR35 reform earlier this month, the only thing left to do for contractors is to either wave…

‘Historic moment’ as controversial IR35 reform lands

IR35 reform has been rolled out in the private sector, risking 'serious harm' to contractors The roll-out of IR35 reform in the private sector today (6th April), has been described as a “historic moment” and one that has come at…

What are the most searched questions about IR35 reform?

A pitstop guide to the most frequently searched questions about IR35 reform Somewhat surprisingly, despite IR35 reform in the private sector being just days away, research reveals that search interest in IR35 has plummeted since the delay to these controversial…

HMRC’s IR35 research ‘sharply contradicts’ reality of reform

Government's IR35 research branded 'overly optimistic' by experts The report, titled 'Effects of the off-payroll working reforms on agencies', by IFF on behalf of HMRC, explores the impact IR35 reform in the public sector in 2017 had on recruitment agencies.  However,…

Tax Day: Modern tax system must work for self-employed

The government have an “opportunity to build a fairer tax system” for the self-employed say experts in response to ‘Tax Day’ The Treasury published a series of tax documents and consultations on 'Tax Day', outlining future policy changes, which include…

‘Hasty’ IR35 decisions have ‘disastrous’ consequences

With reform imminent, experts urge firms not to make “hasty" IR35 decisions  A quarter of contractors say their clients have already told them they will determine all engagements inside IR35, new research by self-employment trade body, IPSE, has found. The…

Contractor placements rise despite IR35 reform

Marginal growth in contractor opportunities found as the private sector braces itself for IR35 reform Exclusive research into the jobs market has revealed that freelancer and contractor placements increased in February despite the imminent introduction of IR35 reform. The data,…

Budget 2021: ‘Clear cracks’ in Chancellor’s plan

The Chancellor’s Budget pledge to 'protect jobs and livelihoods' welcomed, but there are 'clear cracks' in the government's plan Addressing the House of Commons in the 2021 Budget, Rishi Sunak vowed to “protect the jobs and livelihoods of British people”…

Uber ruling shows ‘glaring need for clarity’ in employment law

The Supreme Court ruled Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed, in landmark judgement The UK’s highest court has upheld the High Court’s decision that the Uber drivers are not self-employed and should be classed as workers, meaning they are…

HMRC lose £124,000 IR35 case appeal against presenter 

BBC and ITV presenter wins IR35 case after tribunal dismisses HMRC’s appeal Kaye Adams has won her long-running IR35 case, after the Upper Tier Tribunal upheld a previous ruling that deemed her engagements outside the clutches of IR35. The Loose…

HMRC’s ‘light touch’ on IR35 compliance is ‘red herring’

Taxman's promise not to penalise firms in first year for errors in IR35 compliance is a 'red herring' HMRC have published further guidance regarding planned IR35 compliance activity, reiterating that businesses who make mistakes will not be handed penalties in…

‘Draconian’ tax changes will cause huge disruption

Experts warn the Chancellor that 'draconian' tax changes would 'drastically undermine' a struggling sector In the last chance saloon ahead of the Budget on 3rd March, professional bodies are urging Rishi Sunak to avoid drastic tax changes and instead protect…

IR35: insurance firm slammed for contractor ban

An insurance giant has been criticised for banning contractors in response to IR35 reform Zurich Insurance has reportedly become the latest high-profile financial services firm to announce that it will only continue to engage with contractors who provide services via…

Third of freelancers will struggle to pay tax bill

More than a third of freelancers and contractors will struggle to pay their tax bill, research reveals A study by the self-employment trade association, IPSE, has found that more than 1 in 3 (37%) freelancers were worried about paying their…

Call for self-employed tax hike is ‘deeply unfair’

A leading think tank’s calls for self-employed people to pay more tax have been dubbed as ‘deeply unfair’ The Institute of Fiscal (IFS) is calling for controversial tax reforms, which could see millions of self-employed workers and businesses facing higher…