IR35 news and analysis covering the developments and updates on this controversial UK government policy.


Hunt scraps VAT-free shopping and presses on with IR35 reforms

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt reverses nearly all of Kwasi Kwarteng's tax cuts, loading billions onto bills of small business owners


What the off-payroll U-turn means if you’re self-employed

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng made a shock announcement in the mini-Budget last Friday. The Government will repeal off-payroll working legislation from April 2023. Here’s what it means for freelance contractors

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Ensure your contract keeps you out of IR35

What can contractors and freelancers learn from HRMC’s win against Sky Sports presenter Alan Parry? Here are tips to make sure you stay out of IR35


IR35: How the controversial tax changes have left self-employment on the ropes

Have last year's IR35 changes been any good for the UK's self-employed? Absolutely not, says Andy Chamberlain, director of policy at IPSE


Freelancers could avoid tax because of IR35 loophole

Employers who wrongly classify self-employed as being outside IR35 will have to cover their PAYE and National Insurance, says HMRC, meaning tens of thousands of freelancers could avoid paying any tax at all


HMRC lays down IR35 compliance principles ahead of the new tax year

HMRC has set out IR35 compliance rules ahead of April 6 2021. However, one expert believes it won't be a 'light touch' approach as promised

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IR35 freelance tax changes will go ahead in April 2021 – are you ready?

MPs vote through IR35 tax reform, bringing thousands of freelance contractors within PAYE for the first time


Government announces delay of IR35 reforms until April 2021

The government has ruled that incoming IR35 regulations will not come into effect until 6 April 2021. What do the experts think of the delay?


Taxman will not fine you for getting things wrong with IR35 within first year

But fines will be imposed on freelance contractors from April 2021 as Treasury cracks down on willful deception


Rishi Sunak blinks, says HMRC will ‘go soft’ on IR35 changes in year one

Chancellor Rishi Sunak seeks to reassure freelancers that HMRC will not be “heavy handed” when new IR35 rules come into effect on 6 April

Employing & managing staff

One third of freelancers say IR35 changes affecting their mental health

53% of contractors plan to walk away from projects in April, when tax changes take hold, costing UK economy £2.2bn in lost productivity


More than four in 10 businesses could phase out contractors due to IR35

A number of business owners said that they will take 'drastic action' when procuring contractors because of incoming IR35 rules

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Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

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