To successfully avoid IR35, both the terms of a contract for services, and the working practices of the individual providing these services must demonstrate that the worker is in business on their own account, and not merely a disguised employee. … [more]
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This week, HMRC has issued a new 'issue briefing' on the forthcoming off-payroll (IR35) changes. The aim of the publication is to 'help organisations prepare'. With the help of an industry expert, we do some fact-checking on the statements and claims … [more]
From April 2020, all recruitment agencies must furnish applicants with a 'Key Information Document' (KID) prior to signing up. Here we look at what this new requirement involves, and what contractors should look out for. … [more]
One of the most frequent questions asked by contractors is "what health-related expenses can I pay via my company?" … [more]
When end-clients determine the IR35 status of contractors in the private sector from April 2020 onwards, they are tasked with taking 'reasonable care' when making employment status decisions. … [more]
Barclays has told its contract workforce that it will no longer engage contractors who operate via limited companies, as a consequence of the forthcoming private sector IR35 off-payroll changes next April. Other firms are taking similar measures. … [more]
If you decide to cease trading via your limited company following the private sector IR35 changes in April 2020, you should take great care when chosing the best way to exit, as well as the alternative ways to operate as a contractor. … [more]
Most contractors work via their own limited companies. Aside from the tax benefits this structure offers its shareholders, the liability of directors is also limited. … [more]
There is a huge amount of information available about IR35 and how to protect yourself. But what happens if you are actually selected for an investigation? How does an IR35 enquiry work and what should you expect if HMRC has lined you up as a target? … [more]
While working as a contractor, you may run up a number of business-related phone and broadband expenses. So, how do you ensure that these expenses remain tax-deductible for your company and free of additional personal tax charges at year-end? … [more]