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IR35 clampdown is nothing but scaremongering

‘IR35 clampdown’ is nothing but ‘scaremongering’

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UK pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline has found itself targeted by authorities after HMRC sent nearly 1,500 of its limited company contractors identical letters. The letters stated that in HMRC’s view, their contracts were caught by IR35. Contractors who don’t agree with this assessment were informed they must either write to HMRC, supplying them with supporting evidence of why they are not caught under the rules, or else work out their appropriate PAYE tax and NICs for the 2018/19 tax year.…

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HMRC publish Off-Payroll Legislation

HMRC publish Off-payroll Draft Legislation

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Following the publication of their consultation, the government have released the Off-payroll Draft Legislation as part of the Finance Bill 2019-2020.  The legislation will come into effect in both the public and private sectors from April 2020. Although the consultation sought to address concerns in several areas, the general consensus is that the resulting legislation does little to address these key issues, which are as follows:

  • The definition of a small business for the purpose of exemption
  • Non-compliance in the labour supply chain
  • Clients making non-compliant blanket determinations/ NI deductions
  • Giving workers and fee-payers an independent means of challenging status determinations made by client organisations.
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MPs call ‘Time Out’ on off-payroll rules

MPs call ‘Time Out’ on off-payroll rules

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Following on from the debate in Westminster last month, MPs are calling for the government to hold off on plans to extend the off-payroll rules to the private sector next year.

An Early Day Motion (EDM) has been tabled, calling for Government to delay any further implementation of the off-payroll rules in favour of exploring other options.…

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MPs slam off-payroll rules in Westminster

MPs slam off-payroll rules in Westminster

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MPs have met in Westminster to debate the public sector rules and private sector proposals. Many spoke on behalf of contractors in their constituencies, giving insight into the impact of the rules on individuals and their businesses. Ged Killen MP said, “In many ways, the IR35 rules are a stopgap in the journey towards a statute book that supports 21st-century employment practices and the realities of modern workers’ lives.…

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Sector watch: What are the top industries for contractors and the skills you need to work in them?

Sector watch: What are the top industries for contractors and the skills you need to work in them?

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Uncertainty over Brexit has been generally positive for the contractor market so far, with many companies selecting interim support for positions, allowing them the flexibility to scale up for market demand without long-term commitment. With organisations creating new Brexit-specific positions, specialist legal and financial skills are attracting a particular premium.…

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HMRC take on Lorraine Kelly in latest IR35 case – and lose.

HMRC take on Lorraine Kelly in latest IR35 case – and lose.

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In the latest development of the controversial Off-payroll rules, HMRC have challenged the employment status of popular ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly, only to face a crushing defeat. The case saw Kelly, a presenter of TV chat shows for some 25 years, appeal against the tax authority for a retrospective tax bill she received.…

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