REC on IR35: Postpone changes until after Taylor reforms

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has published its submission to the consultation on off-payroll taxation in the private sector. It has warned policymakers that an April 2019 rollout of IR35 should be “taken off the table” to allow businesses sufficient time to prepare. The response was the outcome of months of discussion via webinars and surveys with REC member recruiters, [...]

Contractor confidence surges despite economic gloom

The latest Confidence Index from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) and PeoplePerHour (PPH) has shown that British contracting professionals have returned to positive estimations of their prospects for the first time in two years. The Index measured contractor confidence in their business performance for the coming 12 months. In Q2 2018, the dial swung from [...]

Fix flaws in IR35 assessments before reforming private sector

The professional contracting sector and its representative groups have responded to the Government’s now-concluded consultation on private sector off-payroll taxation by opposing the officially preferred option of imposing reformed IR35 there unamended. Qdos Contractor, the specialist tax consultancy for contracting professionals, has warned of the destructive effects the reforms will wreak on [...]

FCSA proposes fairer, less burdensome alternative to IR35

With the Government’s consultation on extending reformed off-payroll taxation rules to the private sector drawing to its conclusion, umbrella company trade association the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has proposed a novel solution that promises to drive up IR35 compliance fairly and transparently. FCSA’s “Enhanced Reporting and Enforcement” strategy would permit personal [...]

CEST’s shortcomings may mean zero tax risk for agencies

In a new collaborative whitepaper produced by ContractorCalculator and The Law Place, a former HMRC tax inspector has claimed that recruiters and employment agencies will be at no risk of liabilities provided their client has used the Revenue’s CEST tool to incorrectly determine a contracting professional’s IR35 status. The whitepaper, CEST: not fit for purpose, is the culmination of an 18-month [...]