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COVID-19 leads to last-minute IR35 reform delay

The Government has delayed controversial IR35 reform by one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that contractors will continue to decide their IR35 status for another 12 months when working in the private sector.  After ...

Budget 2020 confirms IR35 reform

The Budget 2020 speech saw a flurry of announcements, ambitious deadlines and an overarching theme of getting it done’. In what was his first Budget speech, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, outlined me...

Contractors question legality of IR35 decisions

With changes to the off-payroll working rules imminent, 69% of a staggering 12,000 contractors have said they do not believe the way their client has assessed IR35 status is fair, with 58% of the opinion that IR35 decisions are not being ...

“Recklessly inadequate” IR35 review published

The Government’s response to its review into IR35 reform has been widely criticised by sector experts for being underwhelming, not genuine and, according to one IR35 specialist, “recklessly inadequate”. Having launched the...

Eamonn Holmes defeated in IR35 tax tribunal

Renowned TV and radio presenter, Eamonn Holmes, has lost an IR35 tax tribunal despite having spent some forty years working as a freelance broadcaster. The presenter of This Morning was contesting HMRC’s view that contracts held in the...

IR35 reform: HMRC will not be “heavy handed”

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has promised that HMRC officials will not be “heavy handed for the first year” when enforcing unpopular IR35 reform.  Speaking at an event in Birmingham last weekend, Mr Sun...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...