Budget 2018: IR35 to be rolled out to the private sector in 2020

On 29th October 2018, Philip Hammond finally delivered the highly anticipated Autumn Budget 2018. After much speculation, it has been confirmed that IR35 reform will be extended to the private sector. Despite fears that the reform would be introduced in April 2019, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said the changes would not be implemented until April 2020.…

Criminal Finance Act 2017: what does this mean for your agency?

It’s been well over a year since the Criminal Finance Act (CFA) was introduced 30th September 2017, which saw companies become criminally liable for any facilitation of tax evasion and tax avoidance schemes by any persons representing the company, and a recent Tax Journal has proposed that HMRC is ‘chomping at the bit to investigate.’ After the…

A landmark decision: contractor wins over £4000 holiday pay-out in IR35 case

The latest IR35 tribunal case win for contractor Susan Winchester has been penned as a ‘game-changer’ for the industry. After a year-long battle, Winchester successfully won over £4000 in compensation for holiday pay from HMRC, after being placed as inside-IR35.   Background In September 2016, Winchester’s company, SJW Marketing Solutions Ltd, was contracted by HMRC…

Busting IR35 myths: sorting the fact from the fiction

Have you heard a variety of claims about IR35 that seem to make sense but you’re just not sure if they’re true? We’ve rounded up a few common IR35 myths we’ve heard and want to debunk them for you. The legislation is complex as it is without these IR35 myths and assumptions being added to…

Who topped the league table for IR35 blanket decision-making?

Data obtained by ContractorUK uncovered that HMRC has topped the leaderboard for IR35 blanket decision-making, since April 2017’s changes to the legislation. A blanket-decision is when contractors are assessed collectively rather than individually for their IR35 status. From the 38% of PSCs working at public bodies to have suffered a blanket decision, nearly 19% of these…

Resounding industry disapproval regarding the 2019 Loan Charge

We recently published an article overviewing HMRC’s new legislation, the 2019 Loan Charge. The government claims this to be the next phase in tackling tax avoidance. However many have raised concerns about the harshness of the new bill. There are calls for the taxman to be compassionate and flexible towards those they are taxing as…