IR35 POSTPONED - CONTACT US FOR ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO NOW
Posted on 18th March 2020
We are sure you all have been made aware that the government has decided to postpone the implementation of the roll-out of IR35 to the private sector for a year. Given that self-employed contractors of all types, especially those already worried about IT, are going to be increasingly affected by the rapidly changing economic conditions, this was the only sensible course of action.
We support the delay for many reasons, but principal amongst these is that many clients were simply not ready, even as the deadline loomed, and with impact of the coronavirus it was, as the government has recognised, too much for everyone.
THE FIRST KEY POINT NOW IS THIS:
There is no immediate change in the way in which businesses engage with limited company contractors.
In other words, the determination as to status inside or outside IR35 remains with the contractor. Clients are no longer required to make this determination.
We know there are companies who have already put contractors inside IR35. if this applies to your company and you are unsure of what to do, Gareth and Nikola are available all day today to offer advice. Please contact us in the first instance by email:
THE SECOND KEY POINT NOW IS THIS:
Be-IT is primed and future proofed for IR35. We have invested a lot of time and money to ensure our processes and agreements were ready for this year, but now we have an additional 12 months we shall use it to help all our contractors and clients to prepare for April 2021. Currently, we don't see this not being implemented in a year's time. The chief secretary to the Treasury has been quoted today as saying, "This is a deferral not a cancellation and the government remains committed reintroducing this policy."
Be-IT will be contacting all affected contractors and clients to help them get ready. As noted above, if, in the meantime, you have any questions, please contact either of us at the email addresses above.
Finally, it does also mean that, for obvious reasons, our joint webinar with CWjobs, M&S Accountancy and Taxation and Talent International has now been cancelled, although if necessary we will resurrect it again in year's time.
Gareth Biggerstaff, CEO. Be-IT
Nikola Kelly, MD, Be-IT
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