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Off-Payroll (IR35) in the Private Sector - What this means for your Business?

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IR35 changes have been on the horizon for a while, and actually in play in the public sector since April 2017. HMRC feel that IR35 is understood, with advice available, but unless a business has audited their workforce fully, and understands both the immediate or potential implications for their products and services and identified experienced partners to support them as they transform their workforce in line with the legislation, they run the risk of being non-compliant.

With IR35 reforms now set to be extended to the private sector in April 2021, Redline has created a guide for businesses to assist in the initial preparation for the changes across people, process and technology, to ensure they do not face a skills gap in the workforce and most importantly, remain compliant when hiring contract and interim workers. 

HMRC sought views on how the off-payroll working rules would operate from April 2020. The reform will be extended to all sectors and consultation was sought to ensure the proposed processes are suitable for the large and diverse sectors in which the new rules will need to be operated, as well as engagers in the public sector already applying the rules. These changes will now take place in April 2021.

The consultation asked for views and information on several subjects, including: