HMRC has responded to recommendations made by the IR35 Forum on how IR35 can be better administered in the future. Containing little of real substance, industry reaction has been underwhelming.
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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