The Government has launched a new consultation on the ‘off payroll’ private sector IR35 extension. Here we look at what this exercise involves, and what the Treasury hopes to achieve from it.
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.
A consultation on how the private sector changes will be rolled out was published on 5th March 2019 - read our summary here.
- April 2020 Private sector IR35 reform - what happens now?
- What clients can do to prepare in advance of April 2020.
- What contractors can do to mitigate against the IR35 changes
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Nothing makes critics of the IR35 ‘off payroll’ legislation (and there are many) more irate than the mention of CEST – the official online tool which is meant to help determine employment status.
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Although you should expect all contractor-focused professional accountancy firms to be highly IR35-literate, some still like to advertise themselves as ‘IR35 accountants’, which is a misleading term.
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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?