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IR35 guidance criticised by business organisation

An organisation that represents freelance contract workers has described the guidance being offered by the UK Government ahead of the IR35 private sector rollout as falling “woefully short” of what is needed.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) stated that the guidance being provided is inadequate in meeting the needs of workers and firms affected by the changes. These come into effect next April and will require all firms in the private sector to figure out whether the freelancers they hire on temporary contracts come under the new rules or not. Around 170,000 such workers are expected to be liable when the changes kick in.

The new guidance tells firms to sort out what the work status of each of their employees is, and to do so for all contracts arranged with freelancers or agencies. It also advises them to let the worker or agency know whether it has decided they are liable under the IR35 changes and to store in-depth records of each decision made, as well as putting in place processes for situations where workers disagree with the decision.

However, Andy Chamberlain from IPSE told The Register:

“The government’s guidance on the changes to IR35 next April falls woefully short. Not only does it not acknowledge how incredibly difficult it is to make accurate IR35 determinations; it also fails to offer guidance on how to do so.”

Some business owners may well look to accountants in Liverpool or wherever they happen to be based to help them comply with the new rules.

Posted by Mark
September 6, 2019

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