Changes to HMRC IR35 legislation will apply to the private sector with effect from April 2020. Understanding the complex IR35 legislation may have punitive consequences if HMRC do not agree with your status assessments. Organisations must prepare flexible workforce staff and get to grips with tests in order to remain compliant, either inside or outside IR35 rules. The Government are encouraging business to start planning and prepping now to avoid last minute panics. 


  • IR35 Impact Assessment - Understanding if your company is in scope and being clear on the compliance risk.
  • IR35 Contractor Changes - Help with understand holiday pay rights and costs for freelancers.
  • IR35 Project Management - Help with setting up a project plan and prepare contingencies.
  • IR35 Agency Policy - Work with recruitment agencies and Umbrella Companies to ensure the liability for the Tax and NI.
  • IR35 Communication - Contractors are naturally going to be nervous and we can support discussions, workshops or 121’s.  
  • Employment Contracts - Support with offers to your contractors if you want Fixed Term contracts or permanent contracts.
  • Salary Benchmarking - Looking at benchmarking salaries and comparisons.
  • IR35 Business Case Planning - Help with the sums to understand the impact to the business costs.
  • IR35 and Employment Relations - Work with unions and staff representatives to ensure a smooth transition.
  • IR35 Risk Management - Ensure you are not falling fowl of the legislation and what risk do you need to mitigate.
  • HR Payroll and HR Systems - You may need to make system changes to support tax, employer and employee NI contributions.
  • Manage Attrition and Retention - Help with staff consultation and agree HR strategies to ensure you keep your key staff.
  • IR35 Recruitment - Understand how you attract staff if you are within IR35 regime in the future.
  • IR35 Advice and Consultancy - Provide HR Consultancy support end to end and agree steps to prepare for the new IR35 reforms.
  • IR35 Assessments - Help with the HMRC assessments (CEST) to ensure they are robust and accurate.
  • Procurement Teams - Support your Procurement team manage contracts with agencies to ensure compliant.

The key change is the responsibility for determining whether the off-payroll working rules apply will now move to the organisation receiving an individual’s services. Businesses are advised to look at the current workforce (including those engaged through agencies and other intermediaries) to identify those individuals who are supplying their services through PSCs. They can use HMRC check employment status for tax tool (CEST) to determine if the off-payroll rules apply for any contracts that will extend beyond April 2020. HMRC suggests businesses start talking to their contractors about whether the off-payroll rules apply to their role, as well as putting processes in place to determine if the off-payroll rules apply to future engagements. These processes might include determining who in the organisation should make a determination and how payments will be made to contractors within the off-payroll rules.

IR35 PRIVATE SECTOR REFORMS. From April 2020, every medium and large private sector business in the UK will become responsible for setting the tax status – or as it is more commonly known, IR35 – of any contract worker they use. This controversial and unpopular move will also see these organisations – widely referred to as ‘engagers’ – carry the liability should HM Revenue & Customs decide it has made any incorrect assessments. The IR35 rule, also known as the off payroll working rules, are not as clear as they ought to be given the size and importance of the independent workforce. When sitting inside IR35, a contractor is deemed ‘employed for tax purposes’, which means they are required to pay income tax and national insurance contributions, just as an employee would. From April 2020, every medium and large private sector business in the UK will become responsible for setting the IR35 status of any contract worker. Many contractors do not receive employment rights for the additional tax they are made to pay. Businesses need to prioritise accurate decisions and avoid panicked determinations. 

We provide IR35 Consultant and to ensure your are IR35 Compliant with the new  IR35 Private Sector reforms. We provide Business Support IR35 Reforms including preparing for the IR35 Changes and also IR35 Project Management.