Currently, the responsibility of who determines the IR35 status of a contract usually lies with the contractor, in most cases. However, from April 2021, this responsibility will shift away from the contractor and on to the agency, or end-hirer.
Unless the end-hirer is considered ‘small’, they will need to conduct a IR35 assessment and provide this to your agency, if there is one involved. This IR35 assessment will consider whether the current contract is ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ IR35. The actual rules around how to determine the assessment will not change, however since your agency or end-hirer will now be responsible for any unpaid tax on a wrong determination, it could be likely they will edge on the side of caution.
How will this affect you?
The changes to IR35 could affect you significantly. Agencies and end-hirers will now be required to review all active and new contracts to determine their IR35 status. This may see them taking a different view altogether and contracts that you determined to be ‘outside’ are now changed to ‘inside’.
As a result, it is likely that end-hirers or agencies will take the view that reviewing their contractor base is too complicated and time-consuming and may simply determine that all contracts to be deemed ‘inside’. In some cases, they will simply refuse to work with limited company and only allow Umbrella workers.
We have 15 years of experience in the contractor market and have IR35 in-house experts to help guide you through the process. Whether you can continue to work compliantly through your limited company or use our new FLEX switching solution will be able to help you through the changes.
GET YOUR OPTIONS ASSESSED
Don’t delay in ensuring you understand your options. Whether your contract is due for renewal before or after April 2021 knowing what might happen and how this affects you will keep you one step ahead.
FLEX: SWITCHING SOLUTION
Whatever your future status under IR35, get peace of mind now, knowing that our FLEX solution, included in all our packages, allows you to switch between limited company and Umbrella whenever you like.
What should you do now?
Getting prepared early for April 2021 is essential to ensure you, your agency and end-hirer are ready in plenty of time. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
If your agency, or end-hirer hasn’t been in touch regarding the changes, ensure you start a conversation with them about what they intend to do.
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