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Tax & Legal :: IR35
What is IR35?
Essentially, IR35 will affect all contractors who do not meet the Inland Revenue's definition of 'self employment'. Those contractors who fall under the IR35 rules will be liable to Schedule E taxation and National Insurance (N.I), following deductions for expenses. Income will be in the form of a 'deemed payment', following these deductions.
How will I know if I am caught by IR35?
Explanation of IR35 legislation, introduced in April 2000, which affects anyone who is working via an intermediary.
Freelance UK Guide to IR35
Freelance UK's guide to IR35 and how it can affect you as a freelancer.
IR35 Case Analysis
Visit our collection of articles relating to previous IR35 cases.
Factors Determining Employment Status
The articles below will help you understand the factors as to whether IR35 may apply to you or not depending on a number of issues.
Previous status ruling
An area often overlooked is that the Inland Revenue may have already made a Status ruling at a previous visit.
As most people are now aware a Contract can be written, oral or implied. The Contract is rightly considered to be very important as it sets out the rights and obligations agreed between the Contractor and the Client.
There are many checks to be made to arrive at the correct status of an individual. It is not sufficient to "pick one topic" like substitution or control and base all your arguments on this one point.
Mutuality of Obligation
Mutuality of Obligation is now a common phrase when dealing with Status disputes.
This is one of the main pointers used in disputes regarding employment and self-employment.
Substitution and Exclusivity
This is probably the main point now discussed amongst Contractors, as many incorrectly believe it is the only point needed in a Contract to prove self-employment.
Financial Risk and Payment
Financial risk and payment are one of the main differences between employment and self-employment.
This is considered in many cases and can sometimes surprise you with the results.
Part and Parcel of the Organisation
Part and Parcel of the Organisation considers whether the Contractor has now become integrated into the Client Company.
Intention of the Parties
It is often stated that the intentions of the parties is important and there are a couple of questions on the Inland Revenue questionnaire relating to this point
Please find our collection of useful IR35 links here...
Some more articles to help your understanding of IR35.
IR35 Timeline - A history of the legislation
On 9th March 1999, the Inland Revenue issued a press release detailing how "changes are to be introduced to counter avoidance in the area of personal service provision". A brief history of the legislation.
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Onus on the taxman to define 'office holder' for IR35
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