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IR35: Preparing in advance of April 6th 2020

Step 1: Decide if you are classed as a ‘small company’. If you are classed as a small company then you are exempt from the off-payroll working rules and IR35 still applies (i.e. the PSC carries the risk).

A company will be classed as small if it has at least TWO of the following:

  • Turnover of £10.2 million or less
  • £5.1 million on its balance sheet
  • 50 employees or less (measured by average no in a tax year)

Please note, if you are a UK subsidiary of a larger group with a foreign parent this could affect your small company classification.


Step 2: Identify which of your workers are currently providing services through their own intermediaries (direct or through an agency).


Step 3: Review the status of all existing contractors – you might want to consider using CEST – HMRC’s service to Check Employment Status for Tax ( or engaging with professional advisers.


Step 4: Analyze the results:

  • They are already PAYE – e.g. umbrella company worker – no action needed
  • They are working through a PSC outside IR35 – no change is needed but keep under regular review
  • They are working through a PSC but inside IR35:
  • Further analysis is required as you will need to change their pay structure
  • You should assess if they are business critical?
  • You should be aware your costs will increase due to NICs
  • Their status is grey or undetermined – can changes be made so they are outside scope?


Step 5: Process and education:

  • Set up a process for status determination challenges (particularly for existing workers)
  • Work with supply chain and internal HR and Recruitment teams to agree the process for new hires and how roles are reviewed for a status determination
  • Think how processes for new hires will look post April (core roles determined in advance)
  • Make contractual changes
  • Consider training for hiring managers


If you need help preparing for IR35 next April or have any questions please get in touch with us today.

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