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IR35 delay leads to U-turn on non-PSC decisions

Chris Biggs, Managing Director of Theta Financial Reporting, comments on the research and whether IR35 should be scrapped completely  

The delay to the private sector IR35 roll-out has encouraged more employers to ‘get it right this time around’, with staffing companies reporting that over a third of hirers (35%) were making a U-turn on non-PSC decisions, according to Accountancy Daily. 

Research from Kingsbridge Contractor has reported that the extension has encouraged more employers to move away from HMRC’s widely criticised determination tool (CEST). While 31% of respondents revealed they were using it in the run-up to April 2020, just 18% are planning to use it this time around. Respondents further reported that the extension had provided more time to better protect the entire recruitment chain, with 71% of participants indicating that they would now only use a tool that’s backed up by insurance.

Chris Biggs, Managing Director of Theta Financial Reporting, commented on the research and on the future of IR35, "From what we have witnessed in the accounting space, many hiring companies have already adapted their practices to be compliant with the new rulings that were due to come into effect on the 1st April 2020. These companies have spent time, money and effort to be compliant, so it was unlikely that they would immediately revert back to old practices when the implementation was delayed. If these rules are scrapped, it could cause major disruption to companies that tried to be hit the initial deadline in 2020.

If off-payroll working rules are put on further hold or scrapped entirely, contractors and hiring companies will lose out, and the government needs to accept responsibility for the disruption caused. More needs to be done to lay out a transparent plan so businesses and contractors, who are already going through a turbulent period, can plan for their future." 


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