The UK Government is introducing new rules that take effect from 6 April 2021 to tackle payroll non-compliance. These are known as the IR35 rules.
The reforms were due to be introduced in April 2020, but the outbreak of coronavirus led to the deferral of the implementation until April 2021. The new rules will affect medium and large businesses that engage individuals to work for them through an intermediary such as the individual’s own limited company.
- The new rules transfer the obligation to review the IR35 status from the underlying worker to the engaging end client.
- It can result in payments to contractors needing to be paid via a UK payroll.
- It affects payments for services performed after 6 April 2021.
Many businesses will need to invest considerable resource and time in order to ensure that the adhere to the new rules and enable business to continue without disruption.
At the end of this document there is a schedule explaining some key technical terms that you need to understand: