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IR35 and off payroll working explained

As of 6th April 2020 new rules apply for companies hiring temporary workers

The System

IR35 (off payroll working) New rules from April 2020

What’s changing for your business

As of 6th April 2020 medium and large businesses (as defined under the Companies Act 2006) become responsible for determining the employment status of any limited company contractors it engages either directly or through an intermediary such as a recruitment agency.

Any contractors deemed to be ‘inside IR35’ i.e. employed for tax purposes must have PAYE & NI deducted at source and the payrolling entity (e.g. the recruitment agency) must also pay Employers NI and the Apprenticeship Levy.

Where these statutory payments are not made, the liability for those payments can sit with the hiring company or intermediary.

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What defines a limited company
contractor as employed for tax purposes?

There are a number of features of an engagement that must be used in
determining an individual’s IR35 status. These are:

Supervision and control

Do you as the hirer control when, where and how the individual’s work is completed?

Right of substitution

Can the individual send a replacement worker to carry out the job or must they complete the work themselves?

Mutuality of obligation

Do you expect the worker to undertake the work when asked to do so and does the worker expect you to provide consistent work?

Provision of equipment

Does the worker provide their own equipment or do you provide the equipment?

Financial risk

To what extent is there any financial risk to the worker in performing the work required or does the risk lie with you as the hirer?

Basis of payment

Is the worker paid per hour or per day, or are they paid a fixed price for carrying out the job?

Part and parcel

Does the worker have access to staff facilities, attend staff meetings, receive staff benefits etc? To what extent have they become a member of the team?

Exclusivity of service

Does the worker provide their services exclusively to one client?

What you need to do to protect your business

There are essentially 2 approaches to dealing with the new off payroll working rules.

manage risk

Option 1 - Manage the risk

Talk to your supply chain to establish which workers are working as limited company contractors.

You then need to determine which of these are inside (employed) or outside (self-employed) IR35. Following this provide your recruitment agency partners & each limited company contractor with a ‘status determination statement’ setting out your decision and how you arrived at the decision.

eliminate risk

Option 2 - Eliminate the risk

Partner with a 100% PAYE staffing partner, such as Workchain, to ensure you don’t get caught out by the new rules.

If you hire workers from Workchain you can be sure that none of the workers are limited company contractors. This completely removes the need to carry out IR35 status determinations and gives you peace of mind that you aren’t at risk of any financial liabilities within your supply chain.


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health check

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