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Last night the Government announced that reform to the off-payroll working rules has been postponed for one year from 6 April 2020 until 6 April 2021. The rules would have applied to Limited Company Contractors providing services to large or medium-sized private sector organisations in an attempt to ensure that people who were working like employees, but through their own limited company pay broadly the same tax as employees.
HMRC has confirmed that the off-payroll working rules are postponed not cancelled and that the intention of the postponement is to provide businesses and individuals with support in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Net Temps Awards night took place on Friday 28 March 2020 at Masala Junction, to celebrate staff achievements over 2019. Hotly contested awards included Top Billing Recruiter and Resourcer of 2019, Employee of the Year, Unsung Hero, Most Improved Recruiter and Resourcer, New Business Consultant, Most Improved Client, Margin Monster, Top Billing and Top Filling Resourcer and, last but not least,an award for Recruitment Compliance.
A great night was had by all, and well deserved congratulations go to our winners !
As part of our on-going commitment to social responsibility, Clare Carter and Fay Hodges (based in our Worksop Office) took time out of their busy Christmas preparations to provide shoe boxes containing essentials to Hope, a homeless charity in Worksop. They also provided a food hamper for the Bassetlaw Food Bank to help those in the Bassetlaw community suffering hardship and poverty. Well done Claire and Fay !
Yesterday, the Net Temps’ management team hosted our annual business review day, where key business areas were discussed with staff as part of our staff engagement strategy.
What is IR35?
IR35 is a tax legislation which came into force in the year 2000. Its purpose was to address and identify individuals who were avoiding having their earnings processed via PAYE by using a corporate entity to achieve a more efficient and lower tax deduction. The legislation allowed HMRC to challenge those people who supplied their services to a client via a company (whether that was a Personal Service Company, Managed Service Company or Composite Company) and who HMRC felt should have been classed as a “disguised employee”. This basically allowed HMRC to pierce the corporate veil from a tax perspective and ensure that they paid tax in the same way as a permanent employee.
IR35 therefore introduced two types of contractors – those that are “Inside IR35” who are deemed to be employees, and who make PAYE deductions from all contract earnings and those that were “Outside IR35” because they provide a genuine service, in business on their own account, with significant financial risk and no mutuality of obligation so they should not be subject to the tax treatment applicable to employees.
This legislation wasn’t as successful as anticipated and was subject to much criticism. It failed to provide a clear test of what an ’employee’ and a ‘genuine business’ actually was, and it also left the legal responsibility for determination up the individual as to whether they fell inside or outside of IR35.
In 2017, HMRC changed its approach, issuing new legislation directed at the public sector and redirecting the legal responsibility for determining the status of a contractor to the end client. This legislation will now be rolled out to the private sector in April 2020.
Why is this important to me?
From April 2020, recruitment agencies and clients will need to work closely together to ensure the correct tax determination of any limited company contractor that is placed on site. This is not a new concept. Since 2014, similar considerations have been in place regarding the self-employed – only those contractors not under (or subject to the right of) supervision, direction and control are eligible to receive a CIS payment.
According to the legislation and guidance, clients must take reasonable care when assessing and classifying whether a limited company contractor falls inside or outside of IR35. Emphasis is also put upon carrying out individual determinations, and avoiding blanket policies. Clients are expected to carry out the determinations and pass these down the chain via their recruitment agencies to the limited company contractor, who has a right to challenge that decision via a complaints procedure.
Penalties and fines will be imposed where the failure to adhere to the legislation has occurred. For example; where a client has failed to use reasonable care to complete a determination leading to an underpayment of tax, the client will face penalties. Where the agency has not made appropriate tax deductions to the limited company contractor’s pay, the agency will face penalties.
Accordingly, both clients and agencies will need to modify internal procedures and upskill staff to be able to correctly identify and apply the new legislation.
Net Temps are already working collaboratively with clients to ensure that procedures are in place for adhering to the new legislation; which also applies where subcontractors are paid directly by clients via limited companies.
Current considerations include; amongst other matters:
- Assessing the contractor population in order to determine the extent of the problem;
- Identifying which staff of the client should be responsible for issuing status decisions and at what stage of the recruitment lifecycle;
- What considerations should form part of the Status Determination;
- Maintaining suitable records
- Looking at the cost implications of the status determinations whether that is inside or outside IR35.
If you are a client or a limited company contractor and wish to find out more about IR35 and its impact, call us on 0115 9400 968. We’re happy to help.
Today we held a Halloween themed sales event. Our ghostly ghouls, vampires and witches stepped up, making positive recruitment connections with both new and old clients. Don’t our construction recruitment consultants look frighteningly good?
Today is Anti-Slavery Day and our Claire Carter is attending a modern slavery awareness event hosted by the Lincolnshire Police, supporting the eradication of slavery and human trafficking in business and supply chains. We are proud to support this important initiative. You can view our Modern Slavery Policy here: http://www.net-temps.co.uk/modern-slavery-policy/
HMRC has reflected upon its decision to implement the VAT Reverse Charge on 1 October 2019, after concluding that UK businesses have had insufficient time to prepare.
Accordingly, it has decided to delay implementation for a period of 12 months. The VAT Reverse Charge will now operate from 1 October 2020. The link below provides additional guidance:
Net Temps is grateful to NMCN who sent Harry (pictured) a box of goodies with a letter encouraging him to pursue a construction career after learning of his ambition. Harry was thrilled by this thoughtful gift which strengthened his career ambitions.
This morning (Thursday 23 May 2019), Net Temps shall be installing a new telephone system. You may therefore experience intermittent issues contacting us on our head office number 0115 9400 968 whilst this important work is carried out. All staff will be contactable on their mobiles and by e mail at all times today. If your matter is urgent, please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to deal with your matter as quickly as we can. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience and consideration.