With the Government’s planned reforms to the way IR35 is operated in the public sector set to go ahead as planned from April 2017, we asked a leading IR35 expert to help explain what the changes mean for contractors in reality.
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.
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- April 2021 Private sector IR35 reform - what happens now?
- What clients can do to prepare in advance of April 2021.
- What contractors can do to mitigate against the IR35 changes
- IR35 off-payroll changes - our essential FAQs
- IR35 Calculator - how much will it cost you if you are caught?
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