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MPs must put right "injustice that is a stain on this country and our democracy" It’s hard to imagine, amidst all the challenges of COVID-19 and Brexit and with politics feeling as divided as it ever has in this country,…

IR35 reform given “green light” by MPs 

IR35 reform one step closer to becoming a reality  Hopes that IR35 reform will be scrapped have faded further after MPs initially approved the 2021 rollout in Parliament last week. Having been postponed by 12-months due to COVID-19, the revised rollout…

Calls to delay IR35 reform again are rejected 

April 2021 implementation date still stands A tabled amendment to the Finance Bill calling for IR35 reform in the private sector to be delayed until 2023/24 has been rejected, as the Bill passed without a division. This means the controversial…

Contractors to return to outside IR35

Contractors to reject client's IR35 decisions With IR35 reform in the private sector having been delayed by one year, most contractors assessed as inside IR35 by their client will reject this decision and revert back to working outside the legislation,…

How to prepare for 2021 off-payroll tax changes 

How contractors can plan for IR35 reform in the private sector The acceleration of UK Coronavirus cases coincided with the countdown to the off-payroll tax rules roll-out to the private sector, which should have happened on 6th April 2020 in…

Lords call for complete rethink of IR35

“Eye-opening” report slams "unfair" IR35 The House of Lords has published a conclusive report into IR35, finding the legislation to be "riddled with problems, unfairnesses, and unintended consequences." As a result, the Lords have recommended that the Government “completely rethinks”  these…

COVID-19 leads to last-minute IR35 reform delay

IR35 experts praise Chancellor for making the ‘right call’ 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…

Budget 2020 confirms IR35 reform

IR35 changes to go ahead amid COVID-19 outbreak 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…

Contractors question legality of IR35 decisions

Contractors experience "unlawful" IR35 decisions and contrived workarounds 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%…

“Recklessly inadequate” IR35 review published

Government's IR35 review response predictably "disappointing", say specialists 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

'This Morning' presenter loses 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…

IR35 reform: HMRC will not be “heavy handed”

Chancellor says HMRC will not be "heavy handed for the first year" 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…

Contractors outline plans for life after IR35 reform

Freelancers and contractors weigh up their options 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…

New Chancellor urged to halt IR35 reform

Chancellor under immediate pressure to stop IR35 changes  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…

Will clients be able to make accurate IR35 determinations?

Is the private sector ready for IR35 reform? 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…

Lords launch IR35 inquiry 

Contractors invited to contribute to 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…