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challenging reforms to IR35

We Must Keep Challenging Reforms to IR35

Some 88% of contractors don’t believe public sector bodies or recruitment agencies can make accurate decisions on their IR35 status without their input, according to new research from the contractor insurance company Qdos Contractor.   Given that recent reforms to IR35 mean responsibility for determining IR35 status has been shifted from the individual contractor to

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Contractors want fairer tax system

Vast Majority Of Contractors Want Fairer Tax System

The majority of contractors believe the government should engage with them better and build a fairer tax system, according to new research from the contractor insurance company Qdos Contractor.   Some 63% of contractors and freelancers surveyed said they believe the government should prioritise building a fair tax system that works for contractors and not

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Contractors: Are You Considering A Move Back To Permanent?

Contractors: Are You Considering A Move Back To Permanent?

As we mentioned in a recent blog, a third of contractors surveyed said they would move back to permanent employment if the recent IR35 reforms were extended to the private sector.   All ways of working have their downsides and on top of poorly conceived legislation, some contractors worry about unpredictable workflow and income. However,

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IR35 Reforms are number 1 concern

IR35 Reform Tops List Of Contractor Concerns

Recent research has found that contractors’ main work worry is the possibility of the recent reforms to IR35 regulation being extended to the private sector.   The study, conducted by the contractor insurance company Qdos Contractor, found 48% of contractors consider the prospect of IR35 reforms being applied to the private sector their main concern,

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Verdict on Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

IPSE Delivers Verdict On the Taylor Review

Last month marked the publication of ‘Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’. This analysed the challenges facing the UK’s labour market and set out seven principles to address these, in the hope of providing ‘good work for all’.   Now Chris Bryce, chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the

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problems with IR35

IR35 is causing new problems for contractors – seeking clarity is vital

We thought we’d already documented the problems the latest IR35 regulation changes are causing contractors. Unfortunately, however, a recent story in Contractor UK demonstrates the ability of the reforms to hinder the attractiveness of contracting in new and surprising ways. The article reports that a recruitment agency has covertly inserted a clause into a consultant’s

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IR35 status tool consultation

IR35 Status Tool Dispute Highlights Ongoing Confusion

One of the more surprising criticisms of HMRC’s tool for testing contractors’ IR35 status is that it might be passing people who should in fact fail. Recruiter magazine reported findings from Contractor Calculator (which has created its own IR35 status tool) which showed that 29% of contractors passing IR35, when using HMRC’s tool, actually fail

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IR35 problems

IR35 Continues To Cause Problems For Contractors – It’s Important To Be Prepared

Unfortunately, as we head into the new tax year, recent news has done little to change our view that IR35 could cause significant problems for contractors. Instead, the latest reports on IR35 have largely confirmed our belief that these reforms have been poorly conceived, will limit opportunities for contractors and could lead to many being

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public sector worker

How To Help Public Sector Clients Prepare For New IR35 Reality

The changes to IR35 due to take effect from April 6th will significantly change public sector contracting – and recruitment agencies can play a valuable role in helping their clients get up to speed. Here are four things you can do to support your clients as they come face to face with the imminent changes.

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Spring Budget 2017

Spring Budget 2017: Review

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced his first and last Spring Budget yesterday and it has since been faced with a backlash of criticism from the press and the 2.5 million self-employed workers due to be hit hardest by his policy changes. We take a look at the key announcements for contractors. NICS Mr Hammond confirmed that

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