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Why most limited company contractors’ clients aren’t reversing their IR35 reform status decisions

Reform of IR35 (the off-payroll rules) in the private sector has been delayed until April 2021 due to the Covid-19 crisis, but does this late move by the government really help contractors? It’s a question worth asking, writes Helen Christopher,…

The Contracting Awards 2020 launches to recognise vital contractor service providers

It is fair to say that it has been a turbulent year for contractors; with the Loan Charge, IR35 reform, and the recent coronavirus measures, to name but a few hurdles that they have had to contend with. This is…

IR35, Agency Worker Rules or MSC? Choosing the right regime for agency-contractor relationships

For the incoming and existing IR35 tax rules to apply, there are certain key components that need to exist. For example, for either legislation to be relevant the individual contractor must personally perform a service for an end user/client through…

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: what limited company contractors need to know

The word ‘furlough’ is familiar to PSC contractors, so hearing the government utter it on Friday in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, under which 80% of an employee’s wages get paid, led to hopes that such limited company…

End-clients step in to fill the void of coronavirus support measures for PSCs

End-users are starting to step in to fill the void of coronavirus-related official financial support measures for limited company contractors. Lloyds Banking Group, for example, has offered its contractors two working weeks of pay at their contracted rates, in the…

COVID-19: how the UK’s contractor workforce can stay safe from coronavirus

As Britain’s hospitals brace for the full impact of COVID-19, it is time for all of us – contractors and consultants included, to sit up and take coronavirus seriously. COVID-19 is not simply just like a seasonal influenza epidemic —…

Contractor industry mutes IR35 reform delay celebrations

Relief and rejoicing at the government’s decision to delay IR35 reform for 12 months has turned into cautious reflection about the practical implications for contractors – and clients. Addressing the latter, former tax inspector Andy Vessey suggested that the chancellor’s…

IR35-weary PSCs eye full-time jobs, in spite of ‘permie challenges’

Employer National Insurance. The Apprenticeship Levy. And even the Status Determination Statement. Just three on a long list of IR35 reform-related costs passed on in recent weeks from engagers to limited company contractors, forcing a hefty chunk of such PSCs…

Government in shock delay to private sector IR35 reform, thanks to peers and covid-19

The government has sensationally delayed private sector IR35 reform by a life-changing 12 months, after pressure by peers – and the coronavirus – made not deferring the off-payroll rules unjustifiable. Steve Barclay, the chief secretary to the Treasury said: “I…