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Client guidance on IR35 off-payroll reform in the private sector
The UK government has published draft legislation on IR35 private sector reforms, due for implementation in April 2020. The off-payroll working rules mean end users and employment businesses will face liability for any failure to account for the tax, further down the labour chain. Read the governments legislation here.
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Preparing your business for IR35
- Appoint a team: Ensure you have a group of key people to can help find out key information, make decisions and implement a plan. Build in a communication plan to keep key stakeholders in the loop.
- Review your supply chain: Who will conduct the review, how will you assess IR35 status, how many contractors work for you directly, how will you ensure “reasonable care”. Assess the impact on your business.
- Educate your business: At First Recruitment Group we have been working closely with APSCo, attending numerous discussions and forums to understand the legal complexities, helping to produce IR35 guidance for our clients. You must not only educate your management team, but HR and Line Managers too. Keep the conversation open and honest.
- Fully detail and understand your contracting workforce: This can be easier said than done when working on large scales across multiple locations and projects. Technology could be required or a team that is dedicated to assessing and documenting this information, which could push your budgets higher.
However, there is another way; we have produced detailed guidance on how to scope our client’s contractor workforces, ensuring that each is tested in line with HRMC legislation. This minimises the need for extra in-house resources by working in collaboration with our team.
- Expect an increase in your 2020 workforce budget: Once you understand the scale of your off-payroll workforce, and how many will fall within scope of IR35, you can start to work this into your future workforce budgets. It’s estimated that about a third of the contracting workforce will fall within scope of IR35, with the proper assessment, but each business will differ depending on the type of contractors they require.
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