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.
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 2021
The 'off-payroll' addition to the existing IR35 rules was rolled out across the publc sector in April 2017. The rules will also hit private sector businesses from April 2021. The planned rollout was deferred from April 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. These new rules mean that clients (not contractors themselves) will be responsible for determining the employment status of contractors.
Here are some of our most-read articles:
- April 2020 (now 2021) Private sector IR35 reform - what happens now?
- What clients can do to prepare in advance of April 2020 (now 2021).
- What contractors can do to mitigate against the IR35 changes
- IR35 off-payroll changes - our essential FAQs
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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.
With private sector IR35 reform barely over 12 months away, we asked a leading IR35 advisory firm what practical steps professional contractors can take now to prepare in advance for the changes.
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.
With IR35 reforms being applied to private sector organisations after April 2020, here we look at ways clients/engagers can prepare their businesses in advance of the implementation date.
The main factors used to establish whether or not an individual’s contract is caught by IR35 – the most important being Control, Substitution and Mutuality of Obligation. How to ensure that you’re not caught.
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 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
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?