Off-payrolling working rules from April 2020

24 September 2019

HMRC is running a webinar on Tuesday 12 November which covers the reform to off-payroll working rules from April 2020.


The off-payroll reforms that were rolled out to the public sector in 2017 will be extended to medium and large engagers in all other sectors from April 2020.


As one of its regular ‘Talking Points’ meetings, HMRC will be covering the changes, including guidance and tips to help you understand the tax implications.


There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now.


Register here to join the webinar on Tuesday 12 November from 1 pm to 2 pm.


Off-payroll working rules from April 2020

The government will be reforming the operation of the off-payroll working rules from April 2020. The reforms which were successfully introduced into the public sector in 2017 will be extended to all sectors, making medium and large organisations and agencies responsible for ensuring the contractors they engage pay the right tax and NICs. The consultation on this reform ran from 5 March to 28 May 2019. Draft legislation, an explanatory note and a summary consultation response document were published on 11 July 2019 and can be found here. Comments are asked for via email by 5 September 2019.


Businesses can prepare for reform by:


  • Identifying and reviewing their current engagements with intermediaries, including personal service companies and agencies that supply labour to them;
  • Reviewing their current arrangements for using contingent labour, particularly within the organisation functions that are more likely to engage off-payroll workers;
  • Putting in place comprehensive, joined-up processes, for example assessing roles from a procurement, HR, tax and line management perspective, to ensure consistent decisions about the employment status of the people they engage; and
  • Reviewing internal systems, such as payroll software, process maps, HR and on-boarding policies to see if they need to make any changes.


HMRC will also provide organisations with education, guidance and support to make sure they have the tools to make the right determination. Online guidance will be available from late summer 2019. A series of education events are planned including webinars, workshops and one to one engagement with the largest employers.


HMRC is currently working with stakeholders to enhance the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool, including improvements to clarity and accessibility and additional guidance to make it easier for customers to use. There will also be more questions to cover a wider range of working practices. HMRC will continue to stand by the results of the existing service where it has been used in accordance with its guidance.




CIPP webcast

In this 25-minute webcast, Diana Bruce, CIPP Policy & Research, covers the key changes (including the new statutory requirement for a Status Determination Statement) that will be brought in by the draft legislation (when enacted) and looks at the practical application of the new rules for off-payroll working in the public, private and third sectors from April 2020.


CIPP Payroll training courses

The CIPP offers a half-day training course on Employment status and modern employment practices, which includes off-payroll working.  

Browse a complete list of all our payroll industry training courses or visit the payroll training calendar to view by date.


In addition to our public course delivery, we can also provide you with a tailored in-house delivery of most training courses - click here to find out more.