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HMRC announces change to the Off-Payroll Working Rules (IR35)

HM Revenue & Customs have today clarified that the new off-payroll working rules (referred to as IR35) that come into effect from 6 April 2020 will only apply to services provided by from that date forward.   Any services provided prior to 6 April 2020, regardless of date of payment for those services, will not be caught by the new IR35 rules.

In addition, yesterday (6 February 2020) The House of Lords opened an investigation into the off-payroll working rules which are due to come into effect in two months’ time.  The committee are looking for evidence as to how the new rules will impact freelancers and contractors.  The deadline for providing evidence is 25 February 2020 which doesn’t give people much time.  

A full explanation of the new proposed rules can be read here.

As the new rules are due to come into effect from 6 April 2020, there is limited time to review your existing contracts. If you would like to discuss this further please contact Tim Adcock below:

Written 7 February 2020.

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