The government has launched a review of the changes to IR35 off-payroll working rules scheduled to come into force in April, in the light of mounting criticism about the way they will operate. However this is not expected to delay the introduction of the legislation, and doesn’t leave much time for review, consultation or scrutiny.
The aim of this review is to address “concerns” about how the IR35 rules will be implemented. Treasury minister Jesse Norman has said: “The purpose of this consultation is to make sure that the implementation… is as smooth as possible.”
The review is scheduled to conclude by mid-February and will see the government hold a series of roundtables with stakeholders representative of those affected by the reform, including contractor groups and medium and large-sized businesses.
We will keep you posted as to any updates following this review. Our advice for now however, is, if you haven’t already done so, start preparing for this change now. If you are confused about whether you are inside or outside IR35, or which Umbrella company to use, then please get in touch.