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No ‘IR35′ in Spring Statement splits contractors’ advisers

Nearly 12 months on from the IR35 reforms introduced into the public sector, we can now assess much more clearly the impact of the changes on the thousands of contractors affected. That’s vital if we’re to get a good handle on what could be around the corner for the private sector tomorrow. Feelings were running […]

Posted under General on Wed 14th March 2018

Spring Statement 2018: how contractors will fare

Contractors will be hoping that predictions of a non-event come true when the first Spring Statement is published in 13 days’ time – So the government will publish what its calling the inaugural ‘Spring Statement’ on Tuesday March 13th 2018. Just to recap, under changes introduced by chancellor Philip Hammond there is now only one […]

Posted under General on Thu 1st March 2018

How the private sector could manage IR35 reform

It is widely predicted that in time the responsibility for setting the employment status of private sector contractors will be handed to the companies that engage them, similar to recent reform in the public sector. Incorrectly setting contractors’ employment status would leave the private sector company liable for any missing tax. In many respects the […]

Posted under General on Thu 14th December 2017

Contractors’ Questions: What now my contract’s been found inside IR35?

  Contractor’s Question: I’m new to the country and have been set up as a limited company to work as a contractor. I have recently discovered that the contract I am currently fulfilling is in fact ‘inside’ IR35 (when the whole time I thought it fell ‘outside’). What are my next steps? Expert’s Answer: Whether […]

Posted under General on Mon 4th December 2017

Private sector IR35 reform: what if it happens on Wednesday?

From still problematic Universal Credit, to the delayed introduction of Making Tax Digital, and — who could forget — changes to public sector IR35, the government clearly struggles with roll-outs, writes Seb Maley, chief executive of Qdos Contractor. It was even a topic of focus on BBC’s Question Time recently, when a speaker on the […]

Posted under General on Tue 21st November 2017

HMRC rewords IR35 Forum minutes after staunch criticism

The taxman has quietly reworded the minutes of the IR35 Forum meeting he chairs, following exclusive criticism of them to ContractorUK by a respected forum member. Small but significant changes have been made to the document that sparked the criticism — initiated by the forum’s Kate Cottrell, but the main points she seized on have […]

Posted under General on Tue 14th November 2017

Contractor bosses criticise Stride over IR35 reform comments

Three experts on contracting have criticised the Treasury for flirting with the idea that the public sector’s ‘shambolic’ off-payroll rules will be extended to the private sector at Autumn Budget 2017. The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, The Association of Professional Staffing Companies and Qdos, an IR35 advisory, yesterday attacked the reported comments […]

Posted under General on Thu 9th November 2017

Treasury takes over ‘extend off-payroll rules’ rhetoric

Her Majesty’s Treasury appears to have taken over from the taxman in making the case for the public sector’s off-payroll rules to be extended to the private sector. Mel Stride, the financial secretary to the Treasury, used a newspaper interview to say there was “an issue of fairness” in deciding whether both sectors should have […]

Posted under General on Wed 1st November 2017

NHS regulator faces IR35 legal challenge

    A legal challenge against the implementation of April’s IR35 changes by NHS Improvement has reportedly been launched by medical professionals. On behalf of two of its member unions, the Independent Health Professionals Association was yesterday said to be taking the NHS regulator to court over ‘unfair treatment’ and ‘financial damage.’ The IHPA also […]

Posted under Medical on Tue 24th October 2017

TfL blames IR35 changes for project delay

Transport for London has reportedly revealed “a significant number” of vital contractors to have deserted its operations as a result of changes to IR35 in the public sector. The capital’s transport body is said to believe that the losses mean a London Underground repair programme will now no longer be finished in time for November […]

Posted under General on Wed 18th October 2017