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IR35 to be scrapped for the UK private sector!

Reforms to the off-payroll working rules, known as IR35, are to be scrapped from April 2023, the Treasury has announced.

This will mean that from 6 April 2023, contractors working for an organisation via an intermediary will once again be responsible for determining their employment status and paying the appropriate amount of tax and national insurance contributions.

IR35 reforms introduced in the public sector in 2017 and the private sector in 2021 meant that the responsibility for determining a contractor’s worker status shifted to the organisation engaging their services. The government will repeal these reforms.

The Treasury’s Growth Plan document published shortly after the Chancellor delivered his ‘mini-Budget’ this morning revealed that repealing IR35 reforms is among the first steps the government is taking to simplify the tax system.

“It says the change will free up time and money for businesses that engage contractors, that could be put towards other priorities.”

It will also minimise the risk that genuinely self-employed workers are negatively impacted by off-payroll rules, it claims.

The document says: “The 2017 and 2021 reforms to the off-payroll working rules (also known as IR35) will be repealed from 6 April 2023. From this date, workers across the UK providing their services via an intermediary, such as a personal service company, will once again be responsible for determining their employment status and paying the appropriate amount of tax and NICs.”

Penny Simmons, legal director at law firm Pinsent Masons, said: “Businesses will likely welcome the Chancellor’s announcement that the government will repeal changes to the IR35 rules that have created significant compliance and tax risks for businesses.

“However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of the IR35 story – the rules will still exist – it’s just that contractors will once again be responsible for compliance and payment of tax. Businesses will remain exposed to tax risks by virtue of other tax rules and the corporate criminal tax offences – if they pay contractors off-payroll when they know that the contractors should be taxed as employees.”

Simmons added that organisations are likely to be frustrated with the news, having invested a significant amount of time and money on compliance.

“It is also unclear what position HMRC will take when dealing with businesses who have inadvertently fallen foul of the rules in this interim period,” Simmons said.

If you or your business have any questions about what the abolishment of the IR35 means for your business, or any questions about employment legislation in general, speak to one of The Square team on 0203 868 6303 or email us at and we'll try and answer them for you.

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