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Chancellor promises IR35 review

With less than a fortnight to go until contractors head to the polls on 12th December, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has pledged to review IR35 reform.  Speaking on Radio 4 programme, Money Box, Mr Javid said: “One t...

Could your IR35 status hinge on your CV?

As the new rules for off-payroll working loom ever closer, many contractors will be wondering what they can do to remain outside of IR35, stay off the bench and maintain their rates. With the risk falling on the end-client from April 202...

Lib Dems would review IR35 and end Loan Charge 

The Liberal Democrats have revealed in their Manifesto that they plan to review IR35 reform and end the devastating Loan Charge, should they come into power in December.  As part of leader Jo Swinson’s ‘Plan for Britain’s Future...

The IR35 investigation process explained

For nearly 20 years, IR35 has been contractors' bogeyman, with many industry experts questioning whether HMRC itself fully understands the legislation. A number of recent and high-profile IR35 Tribunals have seen Lorraine Kelly, Loose Wo...

Businesses say they aren’t ready for IR35 reform 

Three-quarters of private sector businesses are not prepared for rapidly approaching IR35 reform which, from 6th April 2020, will see medium and large companies start administering the IR35 status of the contractors they engage. With l...

How contractors can set and protect their IR35 status

IR35 is at the forefront of our every conversation. Amidst speculation around what the future holds due to upcoming private sector reforms and a growing number of IR35 investigations attracting attention, it’s easy to worry about what t...

ITV presenter wins £80k IR35 Tribunal

With just six months until IR35 reform is extended to the private sector, it emerged last week that television presenter, Helen Fospero, won her IR35 case appeal, resulting in a second IR35 Tribunal loss for HMRC in less than seven days. ...

Contractor defeats taxman in £240k IR35 case

An IT contractor has beaten HMRC in an IR35 Tribunal carrying £243,324 in liability, to inflict yet another defeat on the tax office.  After an investigation lasting five years, it was decided on 29th October that IT consultant, Ric...

HMRC’s IR35 tool under fire as NHS fined £4.3m

Further questions have been asked about the accuracy of HMRC’s IR35 tool, CEST, after NHS Digital was handed a £4.3m tax bill for getting the IR35 status of its contractors wrong while using the taxman's technology to administer the ru...

RBS to stop engaging contractors in IR35 U-turn

The number of banks taking extreme action to next year’s IR35 changes continues to grow, with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) said to be the latest financial services firm that will stop working with contractors because of IR35 reform - a ...

HMRC slammed for “lightweight” IR35 guidance

The tax office’s latest IR35 guidance update has been met with criticism by specialists, who have blasted HMRC for failing - so far - to deliver on promises to better equip the private sector for the arrival of IR35 reform next year.  ...

Frequently asked IR35 questions answered

Contractor accountancy, Integro Accounting, shares its views on IR35 in this jargon-free...

Lives depend on revoking the Loan Charge “scandal”

If it wasn’t for the Brexit merry-go-round, then another political hot potato would be getting a lot more coverage than it currently is. The Loan Charge scandal, unlike Brexit, is uniting Parliamentarians against a draconian policy th...

Lloyds condemned for “damaging” IR35 decision

Lloyds has been criticised by a number of IR35 experts after it was reported that the bank will stop engaging limited company contractors due to incoming changes to IR35.  To avoid reform to IR35 in the private sector, which will be e...

Barclays tells contractors it’s PAYE or nothing

Following reports that HSBC will stop engaging PSC contractors as a result of IR35 reform next year, it has now become apparent that Barclays will also refuse to work with contractors operating through limited companies before April 2020....

How to spot a non-compliant umbrella scheme

With contractors increasingly aware of tax avoidance schemes, CW spoke with Julia Kermode, CEO of The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the body for umbrella employers and accountancy service providers, who issued us...