To ensure that any contracts you undertake are not caught by IR35, you need to be able to demonstrate that you are not a disguised employee, but truly working in the manner of a small business owner. In other words, can you show that you are ‘in business on your own account’?
The Intermediaries Legislation was introduced in 2000 to tackle 'disguised employment', where an individual uses a limited company to carry out professional services, but works in a manner more like an 'employee'. Your take home pay will be significantly lower if your contracts fall within its scope.
Private sector IR35 changes from April 2020
So-called 'off payroll' changes to the IR35 rules were made to public sector organisations from April 2017, and will also hit private sector businesses from April 2020, following an announcement in Budget 2018. These new rules mean that clients (not contractors themselves) will be responsible for determining the employment status of contractors.
Get started with our IR35 guides
- Start off with our overview of IR35 for a concise guide to the legislation.
- April 2020 Private sector IR35 reform - what happens now?
- Expert FAQ - Are you 'inside' or 'outside' IR35?
- Try our IR35 tax calculator to find out the financial cost if you are caught.
- Why you should consider taking out IR35 insurance cover.
There is a common misconception that contract duration automatically has a bearing on IR35 status. Here, Martyn Valentine looks at why other factors are more likely to be significant than contract length in determining employment status.
Although a combination of factors will determine whether or not a contractor is caught by IR35, some factors carry more weight than others. Here, Martyn Valentine looks at the vital role the right to substitution plays in determining IR35 status.
The IR35 ‘off payroll’ rules will be extended to the private sector from April 2020 onwards, directly affecting a large number of contractors. What exactly does this mean, and what can contractors and clients do to prepare in advance?
The next Budget will be delivered on Monday 29th October. The main focus of the contracting community, of course, will be on whether or not the ‘off payroll’ IR35 rules will be extended to the private sector
The basics of IR35 should be understood by everyone in the contracting community at a fundamental level, as the rules have such a profound impact on take home pay if you are caught. Here, an expert answers our questions on employment status – does your contract fall inside or outside IR35?
Despite a catalogue of recent errors, HMRC has now launched an IR35 investigation into the affairs of ITV presenter Eamonn Holmes. Who will they target next?
A contractor has won an employment rights claim against HMRC, having been placed ‘inside IR35’ and forced onto her recruitment agency’s payroll. She successfully claimed over £4,000 in unpaid holiday pay.
An overview of the Intermediaries Legislation (IR35), specifically how it affects limited company contractors. How to determine your risk of being caught by IR35, and how to protect yourself against a potential HMRC tax investigation.
The deadline for responding to HMRC’s consultation document on extending the off-payroll rules to the private sector has expired. So, how did the contracting industry’s biggest players respond?