Contractors must take action over the latest IR35 threat, despite the uncertainty!!

Contractors should take note of the media speculation over the shocking new IR35 rules being considered by the Government. Even though HMRC told that it was not prepared to comment as the measures were not announced through official channels, there is almost certainly some truth behind them and it is not too late to take action.
The draconian new ‘one month rule’ and clients becoming responsible for IR35 compliance that the Guardian and MailOnline claim are to be announced by the Chancellor George Osborne during his Autumn Statement could well be a ‘trial balloon’.
Government are in the frantic build up to the spending review being announced, so it is quite likely that various policies are being trialled and public relations techniques are being applied to help shape responses.
Release of this suggested ‘one month rule’ could be softening up opinion before releasing a far less strict measure in the final announcement. So, for example, the intention could be to consider contractors who have spent three months with a client to be ‘employees’, rather than just the one month as the media reports suggest.
Alternatively, the intention could be to gauge response to a genuine plan and shape policy accordingly. The Treasury is believed to be nowhere near finished with the spending review and Autumn Statement, so it could even be an attempt to resolve an internal battle within the Treasury and HMRC.
Contractors still have time to take action before the Autumn Statement and, depending what is announced and how the Government plans to implement it, any proposed changes are by no means a done deal.

6 thoughts on “Contractors must take action over the latest IR35 threat, despite the uncertainty!!

  1. Due to uncertainity of hard it would be for Contractors in future.That means we have to stop contracting and should go with permanent role.This could be one of the way to get money from our pocket.which is totally not accepted.Everybody should be aware and CONSCIOUS about upcoming or existed IR35.

  2. We don’t yet know exactly what the impact on the contract industry will be until we know for sure what the legislative changes are.WE SHOULD KNOW MORE ON OR BEFORE THE 25TH NOVEMBER WHEN THE AUTUMN STATEMENT IS RELEASED SO WATCH THIS SPACE.

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