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COVID-19, lockdown and IR35 prove detrimental to contractor wellbeing, survey shows

The UK’s response to COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on the wellbeing of its flexible workers, a new ContractorCalculator survey reveals.


What employee benefits do contractors not get?

Here are some of the important differences when comparing the situations of contractors versus permanent employees.

|First timers

IR35: HMRC successfully overturns ‘Kickabout’ decision at Upper Tribunal

HMRC has successfully appealed a high profile IR35 defeat, after the UT overturned the decision in its case against Kickabout Productions Limited.


IR35: Government offers ‘tired old rhetoric’ in response to Lords Off-Payroll report

HMRC and the Treasury have failed to offer any proactive solutions to issues highlighted in the Finance Bill Sub-Committee’s Off-Payroll report.


Off-Payroll (IR35): from campaigning to preparation

The recent Parliamentary vote signals the end for our Stop The Off-Payroll Tax campaign, and the beginning of final preparations ahead of April 2021.

|Dave's Blog

Off-Payroll April 2021 private sector rollout now a certainty

The Off-Payroll Tax will be introduced to the private sector in April 2021 after the Finance Bill was passed through the Report Stage unchanged.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Off-Payroll passed through Committee Stage despite major concerns raised

The Off-Payroll Tax was passed through the Finance Bill’s Committee Stage yesterday, despite strong opposition to the legislation.

|Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Other Contracting News

This government is creating a class of zero-rights employees

Labour Business has long held the view that the off-payroll tax and the original IR35 legislation needs both review and reform.

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 - Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Contractors await crucial Commons vote on 3-year IR35 / Off-Payroll delay

David Davis, a longtime critic of IR35, has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill tomorrow

Mon, 18 May 2020 - Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Government accused of pushing tax compliance policing on to business

IR35 rules demanding companies check their contractors’ HMRC status are flawed and unfair, say Lords

Mon, 27 Apr 2020 - Off-Payroll (IR35) Reforms

Creative Industry Freelancers Fear Ineligibility To U.K. Government Schemes

Freelancers in the creative industries have voiced their concerns on not being able to qualify.

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 - Other

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Recent Media Coverage

Computer Weekly

Coronavirus: IT contractors cite lack of government support during Covid-19 as source of stress

The government’s response to Covid-19 is cited as a major source of stress for contractors, who describe the package of financial support it offered during the outbreak as “inadequate and unhelpful”.

Survey highlights mental health stresses of Covid-19 for self employed

Half of contractors and freelancers have suffered financial hardship as a result of Covid-19, with 70% saying the pandemic has created new stressors for them, according to a new survey.

Contractor Weekly

HMRC scores £140,000 IR35 win

HMRC has overturned an IR35 case verdict carrying over £140,000 in tax liabilities, as it was decided at the Upper Tribunal that veteran broadcaster and Talksport presenter, Paul Hawksbee, belonged inside IR35.

Computer Weekly

IR35 private sector reforms: Government response to Finance Bill Sub-Committee inquiry slammed

The government stands accused of downplaying the dampening impact the incoming IR35 reforms are having on the private sector’s appetite for hiring limited company contractors.

The Times

Can I be furloughed without a job?

An IT contractor who is paid through a third-party company wants to know if it can furlough him during the Covid-19 crisis.

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