[UK] Less than 70 days until new IR35 rules are introduced

[UK] Less than 70 days until new IR35 rules are introduced
17 Feb 2021

Following delays by the government at the eleventh hour last March, less than 70 days now remain until the new rules on IR35 are introduced, Global Compliance News recaps the key information you need to know.

The revised rules impact how contractors who are engaged through personal service companies (PSCs) are taxed and impose a greater administrative burden on the companies engaging them. 

The key test for IR35 (both now and under the revised rules) is; would a contractor be an employee if they were engaged directly? If so, the contractor is within IR35. From April 6, 2021, large and medium-sized companies engaging workers via PSCs will be responsible for:

  1. Determining whether a worker falls within IR35 (the Status Determination Statement)
  2. Applying PAYE and employee and employer NICs on the payments made to the PSC if they are paying the PSC directly and the arrangement falls within IR35
  3. Implementing a process for both the worker and the Fee Payer (where the PSC is not paid by the engaging company) to dispute the Status Determination Statement

The new rules will apply regardless of whether the company engages with PSCs directly or through other intermediaries, such as agencies.

In order to prepare for the changes, companies should ensure that they:

  1. Can identify PSCs in their supply chain – which can be more tricky than it sounds
  2. Put processes in place to make the required status determination and to ensure that the requirements of the challenge process are met
  3. Have appropriate contractual provisions in place with agencies/PSCs
  4. Implement any required changes to working structures
  5. Put processes in for payroll deductions or ensure that payroll deductions can occur where appropriate

As previously reported, there have been a couple of changes to the new rules since their March 2020 delay including limiting the application of IR35 to any client receiving the services of the contractor with a UK connection (i.e. residents or those with a PE in the UK immediately before the start of the relevant tax year).  The residency of the PSC and any other intermediary are not relevant for whether IR35 applies but could impact how IR35 applies. 

Further information regarding the changes that the government has made to the proposed rules over the past year is available here. (Link via original reporting)

Source: Global Compliance News

Following delays by the government at the eleventh hour last March, less than 70 days now remain until the new rules on IR35 are introduced, Global Compliance News recaps the key information you need to know.

The revised rules impact how contractors who are engaged through personal service companies (PSCs) are taxed and impose a greater administrative burden on the companies engaging them. 

The key test for IR35 (both now and under the revised rules) is; would a contractor be an employee if they were engaged directly? If so, the contractor is within IR35. From April 6, 2021, large and medium-sized companies engaging workers via PSCs will be responsible for:

  1. Determining whether a worker falls within IR35 (the Status Determination Statement)
  2. Applying PAYE and employee and employer NICs on the payments made to the PSC if they are paying the PSC directly and the arrangement falls within IR35
  3. Implementing a process for both the worker and the Fee Payer (where the PSC is not paid by the engaging company) to dispute the Status Determination Statement

The new rules will apply regardless of whether the company engages with PSCs directly or through other intermediaries, such as agencies.

In order to prepare for the changes, companies should ensure that they:

  1. Can identify PSCs in their supply chain – which can be more tricky than it sounds
  2. Put processes in place to make the required status determination and to ensure that the requirements of the challenge process are met
  3. Have appropriate contractual provisions in place with agencies/PSCs
  4. Implement any required changes to working structures
  5. Put processes in for payroll deductions or ensure that payroll deductions can occur where appropriate

As previously reported, there have been a couple of changes to the new rules since their March 2020 delay including limiting the application of IR35 to any client receiving the services of the contractor with a UK connection (i.e. residents or those with a PE in the UK immediately before the start of the relevant tax year).  The residency of the PSC and any other intermediary are not relevant for whether IR35 applies but could impact how IR35 applies. 

Further information regarding the changes that the government has made to the proposed rules over the past year is available here. (Link via original reporting)

Source: Global Compliance News

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