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IR35 Support

IR35 is heading to the Private Sector in April 2021, requiring a great deal of planning and change to ensure compliance. With clients and contractors needing to know their way around this crucial topic, we’re here to help.

IR35 off-payroll working

IR35 is used by HMRC to identify whether contractors are genuinely working independently from their End Client, and not being treated the same as directly employed personnel. IR35, also known as 'off-payroll working', was introduced by HMRC in April 2000 initially in the Public Sector, intended to combat tax avoidance.

We’re committed to compliance, for us this means working with our clients to support them with their approach to IR35. To help our contractors understand what the changes will mean for them, we’re also ensuring they have access to the latest information. ​

Explore our guidance below, as we keep you informed on the latest you need to know.

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Looking for IR35 business support?

If your organisation is looking for support understanding how to compliantly implement IR35, then our sister company Linx can support you through each stage. Part of the NRL Group, our Linx workforce solutions experts provide our clients with guidance to develop compliant processes, prepare Hiring Managers and support with implementing change.

Supporting you with IR35

We’ve received lots of questions from our clients about IR35, each wanting to ensure they apply the legislation compliantly.

What does this mean for my company?

As the End Client you will have a responsibility alongside the fee payer, often the recruitment agency, to assess whether externally contracted workers are deemed to be disguised employees and as such fall in-scope of IR35.

What is a Disguised Employee?

A ‘Disguised Employee’ is a contracted worker who fills a position in a company and works under terms that would make them an employee but doesn't pay the corresponding income tax and National Insurance contributions (NIC) that an employee would.

Put simply, if the engagement between the contractor & end client looks and feels like employment - then they will most likely be classed as a disguised employee by HMRC and deemed in-scope of IR35.

How can I tell if a contractor is a Disguised Employee?

It's crucial that processes are developed to fully assess contracted workers to identify whether they fall in or out of IR35 scope.

HMRC provides a tool to assess individual scenarios, but if challenged a fully auditable trail must show reasonable care has been taken to determine a contractor's IR35 status.

What is reasonable care?

The IR35 legislation expects individual status determinations to be made on each contractor assignment – identifying whether they are required to pay tax and National Insurance Contributions.

If HMRC challenge your determinations, they will be looking to see that reasonable care has been taken to come to this decision – such as adequate staff training and comprehensive processes to show due diligence.

How is IR35 status determined?

There are a variety of areas the legislation considers that affect an IR35 status determination, including – Right of Substitution; Financial Risk; and Supervision, Direction and Control.

How can I assess my current contractor workforce?

NRL can provide clients with an IR35 contractor workforce review to assess the current characteristics of engaged contractors and identify where processes need to be adapted.

Providing simple and practical guidance on how to improve contracts and statements of work to accurately engage contractors.

To request more information about our IR35 contractor workforce review email ir35@nrl.co.uk

We know that although contractors won’t be the ones making the IR35 status determinations, you’re still left with a lot of unanswered questions. Take a look at the answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

What is a Disguised Employee?

A ‘Disguised Employee’ is a contracted worker who fills a position in a company and works under terms that would make them an employee but doesn't pay the corresponding income tax and National Insurance contributions (NIC) that an employee would.

Put simply, if the engagement between the contractor & end client looks and feels like employment - then they will most likely be classed as a disguised employee by HMRC and deemed in-scope of IR35.

What does this mean for me as a contractor?

The legislation specifically challenges those people who supply their services to clients via an intermediary, often know as a Personal Services Company (PSC), who in the eyes of HMRC would be considered to be a 'disguised employee' if they are not deemed to be out of scope for IR35.

How will the End Client determine IR35 status?

HMRC provides a tool to assess individual scenarios - but if challenged a fully auditable trail will be needed, showing reasonable care has been taken to determine a contractor's IR35 status, known as the Status Determination Statement.

It's important to remember that each assignment should be assessed separately, as working practices may vary.

Can I submit my own status determination?

No - whilst you can undertake your own IR35 assessment in preparation, the legislation requires the end client to complete the official status determination.

Can I dispute an IR35 status determination?

Yes, of course. If you feel the status determination given by your end client does not accurately reflect your working relationship, then you can lodge a formal dispute. The end client will have 45 days to complete a disagreement process and report their findings back to you.

Should IR35 deter me from contracting?

Not at all - it's important to remember that HMRC only expects one-third of contractors to be impacted by IR35. Whilst clients may need to review how they engage contractors, there are simple changes you can make to help ensure you are not deemed to be inside the scope of IR35.

We'll be working with our clients and contractors to ensure they understand what changes they'll need to make - but make sure you sign up to receive NRL's latest updates to stay informed.

Where can I find more information?

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