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HMRC’s widely criticised IR35 tool fails to deliver an answer 20% of the time Damning new CEST usage data has revealed that HMRC’s IR35 tool delivered 210,100 indeterminate results in an 18-month period, which raises further questions about how well equipped it is to help businesses determine IR35 status. The government figures explore the performance of the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool, between 25th November 2019 to 21st May 2021. During this period, CEST was used 1,018,250 times
Organisations affected by off-payroll changes share their experiences so far With two months having passed since the introduction of IR35 reform in the private sector, the dust is starting to settle on the biggest shake up in this legislation’s history.  Following the arrival of off-payroll changes, medium and large businesses are now responsible for determining the IR35 status of contractors they engage, with fee-payers carrying the liability.  In the lead up to the reform, much was made about how prepared
Postal service faces multi million pound bill if sub-postmasters win employment rights  It has emerged that 120 self-employed sub-postmasters are taking the Post Office to an employment tribunal in a bid to have their employment status changed to workers and receive employment rights from the postal service.  After a landmark Uber ruling at the Supreme Court in February, which was closely followed by news that Addison Lee had a tribunal appeal dismissed, the case serves as yet another reminder to
Many firms are compliantly managing IR35 changes but others must increase their efforts Following the introduction of IR35 reform in the private sector in April, it has come to light that many businesses still have work to do in order to meet all of their legal obligations under the changes. This became clear after exclusive Qdos research revealed that just over half (56%) of 1,846 contractors had been issued with a Status Determination Statement (SDS) by their client. This is
Understanding IR35, employment status for tax, and what employment status could mean for your organisation Employment status, whilst used as an umbrella term, refers to the requirement that organisations ensure the workers they engage are genuinely self-employed rather than fulfilling the role of an employee under the guise of a self-employed person. Whilst the wider use of the term employment status covers all workers, sole traders and gig economy workers included, IR35 applies only to those organisations engaging personal service

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