HMRC publishes “Off-payroll working rules: contractor factsheet”

13 January 2020

HMRC has published a factsheet entitled “Off-payroll working rules: contractor factsheet”, which has been tailored to communicate directly to contractors how the new rules will affect them.

There are seven sections that give a brief outline of the below:

  • Are you affected?
  • What is changing
  • How the changes may affect you
  • What you need to do before April
  • Important information
  • Your rights
  • Further information

It has been confirmed that the off-payroll working rules will come into play from April 2020, despite the general election casting doubt over a variety of policies intended to be implemented from the start of the new tax year. The government has begun a review into how the changes to off-payroll working can be put into practice, to ensure a smooth and seamless transition from April onwards. Many contractors are disappointed that there won’t be a delay to the introduction of the new rules and have deemed the review as ‘hasty’ and ‘meaningless’.

CIPP comment

The CIPP recognises that the issue of off-payroll working / IR35 reforms is currently the basis of much discussion and that businesses and contractors alike are concerned about how the changes may affect them. We run both a webinar and a half-day training course. The next webinar will run on 22 January 2020 and you can enrol here. The next classroom-based course – ‘Off-payroll working and other employment considerations’ is being held on 4 February 2020 in Cambridge. Sign up here.


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