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IR35 Reforms Delayed for One Year
marketing | 18 March 2020
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The government has announced that changes to IR35 rules in the private sector will be pushed back by one year, due to disruption caused by the coronavirus.

 

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marketing | 17 February 2020
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Recruitment Giants Plead for IR35 Rethink
marketing | 27 January 2020
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Leading recruitment companies have urged the government to delay and ultimately rethink IR35 reforms, warning that the tax changes will damage the industry and wider economy.

Fourteen companies including Adecco, Harvey Nash, Hays, Reed and ManpowerGroup wrote to Chancellor Sajid Javid last week pleading with him to reconsider the changes that affect off-payroll contractors working through limited companies.

Under the new rules, contractors working in the private sector will no longer be responsible for judging their employment status.

IR35 Decision Delay After Budget Cancelled
marketing | 4 November 2019
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The government has scrapped plans to hold a budget in November after MPs voted for a general election in December.

The delay creates more uncertainty about whether planned IR35 reforms will take effect in April 2020.

The Treasury has confirmed that the December 12 election will mean that chancellor Sajid Javid will not deliver a budget that was scheduled for November 6.

Banks to Block IR35 Contractors After IR35 Changes
marketing | 7 October 2019
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UK banks Barclays and Lloyds appear to have followed the example set by HSBC and others by blocking the engagement of limited company contractors when private sector IR35 reforms take effect.

A letter sent by Barclays to contractors suggests that the bank will stop using personal service company (PSC) contractors and tax all contractors in the same way as salaried employees.

Half of contractors plan to quit workforce as Lords launch enquiry
marketing | 18 February 2020
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Half of all contractors plan to leave their posts ahead of scheduled changes to the way that IR35 ‘off-payroll’ rules are applied in the private sector.

Changes to the off-payroll rules are due to take effect in April, when large and medium sized companies will be made responsible for judging a contractor’s employment status and potentially subtracting income tax and national insurance from their monthly pay.

IR35: 43,000 Companies Warned by HMRC
marketing | 30 January 2020
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HM Revenue & Customs is in the process of issuing 43,000 letters to private sector businesses, warning them to consider the employment status of their contractors ahead of IR35 reforms in April.

These reforms mean that private sector engagers will be responsible for judging their contractors’ employment status for tax, rather than the individuals themselves.

Government Launches ‘Meaningless’ Review of IR35 Changes

The Government has this week launched a review of the upcoming change to off-payroll (IR35) working rules. But the review has already been branded ‘limited’ and ‘meaningless’ by industry experts.

The review will gather evidence from contractors and large and medium-sized businesses and will determine if any further steps can be taken to ensure the ‘smooth implementation’ of the reforms.

Legislators will need to act quickly, however, because the reforms are still due to take effect in April 2020.

IR35 Rules Won’t Automatically be Applied Retrospectively

With around six months to go until public sector IR35 reforms take effect in the private sector, HMRC has clarified how it will enforce the regulations.

The tax authority has announced that the new rules will only be applied retrospectively in cases where it suspects fraud or criminal activity.

Finance Bill Confirms Private Sector IR35 Details
marketing | 15 July 2019
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The Treasury has published the Finance Bill 2019-20 , which confirms a number of important details about the upcoming IR35 reforms in the private sector.

 

Ignoring some of the recent calls for the reforms to be delayed, the bill confirms that off-payroll rules will be extended to the private sector from 6 April 2020.

 

In line with the changes in the public sector, private sector clients will be responsible for assessing a contractor’s IR35 status. Previously, this responsibility lay with the contractor.

 

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