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Should contractors revert back outside IR35?

Q. Similar to many other contractors (from what I’ve read), I was placed inside IR35 by my client last month, as they prepared for the arrival of IR35 reform on 6th April. However, because the changes have now been rightly delayed due t...

Does forming a new PSC impact IR35 compliance?

Q. I recently closed my limited company due to the expected arrival of IR35 reform on 6th April. However, given the changes have now been delayed by a year, I wonder, in the context of this postponement, would it be seen as reasonable and...

Contractor hiring suffers worst month in 11 years

The COVID-19 outbreak saw contractor hiring in March fall at its steepest rate since 2009, with the number of individuals placed in permanent positions also impacted dramatically last month. With firms cancelling or postponing plans to t...

Tips for working from home successfully

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to a big shift in the way businesses are operating. And though contractors generally have mo...

What COVID-19 help is there for the self-employed?

Recently, I published an overview of the available help for limited company contractors during COVID-19. Soon after, on Thurs...

COVID-19: Government to help certain public sector contractors

Thousands of public sector contractors engaged across a range of Government departments, executive agencies and non departmental public bodies are set to receive income support should they not be able to work due to the COVID-19 crisis. ...

Why has my agency forced me inside IR35?

Q. Although changes to the off-payroll working rules were delayed by one year (which came as a huge relief), the agency I work through has insisted that all contractors it places with a particular client sign new terms and agree to work i...

Contractors “ignored” in COVID-19 support package

The Government faces a backlash from hundreds of thousands of contractors after it became clear that individuals operating through limited companies do not qualify for the COVID-19 self-employment support package. Having already announ...

Does being a ‘key worker’ impact IR35 status?

Q. I’m a contractor working in a Government department on a contract that sits outside IR35. Everyone there - civil servants and contractors - have now been designated as ‘key workers’ in the context of the Coronavirus. This follows...

A 2020 business survival strategy for contractors 

These are extremely tough times - Coronavirus and IR35 reform are just two of the significant challenges to affect contractors currently. Although, there was some moderately good news when the Government announced the postponement of IR35...

What help is there for contractors during COVID-19?

On 20th March, the Government announced a series of measures to help the employed and SMEs through the COVID-19 crisis. Notably, contractors and the self-employed weren't directly included in the most generous and useful measure announced...

COVID-19: Support package promised for self-employed

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has said the Government is working on a COVID-19 support package for the self-employed, with a proposed amendment to the Coronavirus Bill indicating its potential details. After facing crit...

Expert IR35 advice for contractors

As you'll no doubt know by now, in a shock announcement on Tuesday 17th March, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, announced the private sector IR35 reforms have been delayed until 6th April 2021 du...

Does my client’s IR35 decision still stand?

Q. What does the last-minute delay to IR35 reform mean for the determination my client made? I have been placed inside IR35 by my client - a decision which I was intending to appeal - however, do I need to do this now, given reform will n...

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 ...

Does MoO mean I belong inside IR35?

Q. My contract states there is no Mutuality of Obligation (MoO) at the end of my contract period, but even so it has been determined inside IR35 partly because MoO does exist on a day-to-day basis. I assume that MoO does exist to a degree...