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Are businesses better protected by using the Government’s CEST tool? When supporting thousands of businesses with IR35 reform, we encounter many different questions about this notoriously complex tax legislation. Here, Qdos’ Head of Tax Nigel Nordone, draws on his extensive experience and 20 years working as a tax inspector, to untangle certain aspects of IR35.  This week, an end-client focuses on the issues surrounding HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool, asking if their business is better protected by
What not to do when implementing IR35 reform in the private sector With IR35 reform in the private sector looming, thousands of businesses are busy preparing for the introduction of the off-payroll changes, which will be rolled out on 6th April.   The reform will see medium and large businesses become responsible for determining the IR35 status of contractors, with the fee-paying party in the supply chain poised to pick up the liability.   However, given the IR35 rules are notoriously complex,
From contractor demand to extra time to prepare for IR35 reform Few sectors have been left unscathed by the ongoing pandemic. For example, the recruitment industry, which relies on companies being open for business, all but grinded to a halt virtually overnight last March, as the first UK-wide lockdown restrictions were imposed.  Since then, it has been a story of ups and downs for recruiters, particularly those who place contractors. Having spent the best part of last year under a
A simple guide to tax liability insurance for clients and recruitment agencies looking to insure their IR35 tax exposure under the off-payroll working rules From 6th April 2021, UK businesses who engage personal service companies (PSCs) may become liable for the tax and national insurance contributions (NIC) of their PSC workers, depending on where they sit in the contractual chain, and their assessment of the worker’s status under the IR35 legislation. This exposure to a potentially extraordinary tax liability has
12 month CEST usage data shows tool cannot return a result 19% of the time It has come to light that HMRC’s IR35 tool, CEST, was unable to provide an answer regarding a contractor’s IR35 status over 188,000 times in the past year.  Following a Freedom of Information request, the Government published the latest usage data from its Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool, which was introduced in 2017 to help public sector bodies determine the IR35 status of

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