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Reforms to the off-payroll working rules

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Reforms to the off-payroll working rules

Government, on 27 February 2020, confirmed the reforms to the off-payroll working rules will be introduced from 6 April 2020. Nothing new there then.

It has already been announced that the changes will apply only to services provided on or after 6 April 2020 rather than payments made on or after 6 April 2020. There had also been comments by the new Chancellor that there would be a ‘soft touch’ approach during the first year following the introduction, which has been confirmed. In particular, government has:

  • said businesses will not have to pay penalties for inaccuracies in the first year, except in cases of deliberate non-compliance
  • published detailed guidance on the reforms 
  • said HMRC will ramp up its communications efforts, including webinars and guides, to support contractors’ understanding of the rules
  • reiterated information from the changes will not be used to open investigations into past tax years, unless fraud or criminal behaviour is suspected.

Read more here: ‘Government to help businesses with off payroll working rules’.

Also, further promotional material has been published about the off-payroll working rules on the GOV website.  

I will be reviewing what has been published over the coming days and will do my best to distil any important and practical points for those who are in the process of preparing.

If you would like advice on the above, please contact our specialist BLHR and Employment team.

I am an employment lawyer based in our Colchester office and can be contacted on 01206 217318 or julie.temple@birkettlong.co.uk.

Please find important updated information on the reforms to the off-payroll working rules here.

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