It Took a Pandemic, But Contractors Have Won an IR35 Reprieve


Where vocal protests from the UK’s sizable contractor community failed, a pandemic has succeeded: Steve Barclay, chief secretary to the Treasury, this evening confirmed that reforms slated for April 6 which would make employers responsible for determining the tax status of contractors have been delayed for 12 months.

Steve Barclay MP said: “The government is postponing the reforms to the off payroll working rules, IR35, from April 2020 to April 6, 2021. This is a deferral in response to the ongoing spread of Covid-19 to help businesses and individuals.”

He added: “This is not a cancellation and

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