budget 2018

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.…

2018 budget statement predictions

2018 Budget Statement predictions: IR35 and MTD

It has been announced that Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, on Monday 29th October, will present the 2018 Budget Statement. Many were expecting the Autumn Budget to be presented at a later date, but it has been brought forward to avoid clashing with any potential fall-out from the final Brexit negotiations.   IR35 For…

holiday pay out contractor wins IR35 tribunal case

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…

IR35 myths

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…

IR35 blanket decision-making

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…

IR35 CEST tool

Industry insiders raise issue with IR35 CEST tool

Many within the contractor industry have criticised HMRC’s CEST tool as not fit for purpose. The digital tool was designed by HMRC to help contractors determine their IR35 status but it has been scathingly criticised by the self-employment industry. ContractorUK firmly surmised it as: “wrongly seen as mandatory. Too blunt to be sector-specific. Unhelpful to big…