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The aim of the Intermediaries Legislation is to tax 'disguised employment' at a similar rate to employment. Our guides outine what IR35 is, the financial cost if you are caught, and how to ensure that you remain outside IR35. Try our popular guides, to the right, as a starting point.
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How you can cover yourself against professional costs, and even back taxes, if you are the subject of an IR35 status enquiry.
The Government has officially extended the scope of IR35 to include 'office holders' within the Finance Bill 2013.
(Apr 6, 2013)
In a strongly-worded news release, the PCG says it 'desperately' wants the Chancellor to address three key business issues in tomorrow's Budget.
(Mar 19, 2013)
An industry site says that HMRC's risk assessment tool, the business entity test, bears 'little relevance to reality', after one third of contractors deemed to be 'high risk' after taking the test would fall outside IR35 if the actual legislation were applied.
(Feb 26, 2013)
The latest notes from the IR35 Forum have been published online. The group of experts discussed the addition of 'office holders' to IR35's scope, and how the overhaul of HMRC's IR35 regime had progressed.
(Feb 19, 2013)
The notes from a recent legal seminar show that some legal experts believe that the 'office holder' IR35 amendment to the Finance Act 2013 will have much more of an impact on the recruitment industry than many have predicted.
(Feb 4, 2013)
An employment status expert explains why complying with IR35 involves much more than simply having an 'IR35 friendly' contract in place.
(Jan 10, 2013)
A concise overview of the IR35 rules. How IR35 came into force, and what the implications are if you are caught.
(Jan 4, 2013)
A new clause designed to strengthen IR35 is to be included in the Finance Bill 2013. The new provisions will include office holders within the scope of IR35.
(Dec 11, 2012)
The Chancellor's decision to scrap the 'controlling persons' proposals have been widely welcomed by contracting industry experts.
(Dec 6, 2012)
With the revelation that HMRC has only opened 193 new IR35 cases over the past seven months, were industry experts irresponsible in warning contractors to take extra precautions to protect themselves against investigation?
(Dec 5, 2012)
As there is a significant financial cost for contractors caught by the IR35 rules, you should always get an IR35 opinion on your contracts. Includes a list of companies who provide IR35 status and contract drafting services.
(Nov 25, 2012)
A report issued by the Public Accounts Committee reveals that the BBC currently hires 3,000 workers via personal service companies.
(Oct 5, 2012)
Figures released following an FOI request show that the number of HMRC IR35 investigations has increased significantly over the past two years.
(Oct 2, 2012)
The Cabinet Office has published the official guidelines for Government departments on how to handle the way public sector contractors are remunerated.
(Sep 4, 2012)
A specialist IR35 solution provider has launched a new product aimed at public sector contractors who have to provide evidence of their IR35 status following the implementation of new 'off payroll' remuneration guidelines.
(Sep 3, 2012)
An employment status expert has reported that the new HMRC IR35 investigation process is much improved, having seen a new case settled in a mere three weeks.
(Aug 22, 2012)
The latest IR35 Forum meeting minutes have been published online, including an update on how the new HMRC IR35 compliance teams have progressed over the past three months.
(Aug 13, 2012)
Contractors group, PCG, has seen the final guidance for Government departments which will determine how 'off payroll' public sector workers are remunerated when new rules go live later in the year.
(Aug 9, 2012)
Why compliance with IR35 involves a lot more preparation than simply downloading an IR35 contract from the internet.
(Jun 22, 2012)
An investigative news site says that HMRC tax inspectors are ready to swoop on any public sector contractors who are believed to have underpaid tax.
(Jun 15, 2012)
Contractor Weekly, a specialist news site for contractors, has seen one of the new-style IR35 compliance letters which are expected to be sent to contractors identified as being classified as high risk by HMRC.
(Jun 13, 2012)
Following the publication of new HMRC IR35 guidance, a legal expert tells us what steps contractors should take to comply with IR35.
(May 18, 2012)
In light of the new HMRC IR35 guidance, we look at how an IR35 enquiry will typically originate - typically via an Employer Compliance Review.
(May 15, 2012)
Although the release of new HMRC guidance has made no difference to the underlying IR35 legislation itself, it could signal the start of a concerted effort by the tax authorities to carry out an increased number of compliance reviews.
(May 10, 2012)
After weeks of speculation, HMRC has published new IR35 guidance, including a business entity test and a set of typical IR35 scenarios.
(May 9, 2012)
If HMRC decide to conduct an IR35 status enquiry, there are a number of factors which will be taken into account when determining whether or not your contract will fall within the scope of IR35 or not.
(May 8, 2012)
Since the details of the proposed HMRC IR35 business test were first posted online last week, some have expressed 'shock' at these so-called leaks, but one must not forget that the official test itself is just a minor development in the process to overhaul IR35.
(May 2, 2012)
As the contents of the proposed IR35 business test appear online, it is easy to see why a rift has formed between HMRC and business groups, as it would appear that most contractors would face at least a medium risk of an IR35 investigation.
(Apr 27, 2012)
Alongside a IR35 compliant contract, and matching working practices, a document confirming the true working arrangement between contractor and client is an important tool in demonstrating self employment. Includes free template download.
(Apr 18, 2012)
Over 3,000 PCG members have already taken part in a trial to determine how accurate the proposed HMRC IR35 business entity tests may be in real world scenarios.
(Apr 13, 2012)