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    It's a sad situation, because even if Royal...

    It's a sad situation, because even if Royal London made a mistake with IR35 and ended up being liable / fined, the cost of that would be insignificant compared to the cost of fixing the mess created...
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    For contractors that's true. For permie-tractors...

    For contractors that's true. For permie-tractors who are definitely inside IR35 but treat themselves as outside, there's probably two reasons we don't hear too much about them being caught inside. ...
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    Permie-tractors have got very little they can...

    Permie-tractors have got very little they can appeal against to even get to that stage.

    "The client tells us, they told you what to work on, when to work on it and you had to ask permission to...
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    They don't hate contractors, but they had to do...

    They don't hate contractors, but they had to do something about the tens of thousands of permie-tractors sat next to employees doing exactly the same work, but paying less tax.


    Most contractors...
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    House hold names from finance, media and...

    House hold names from finance, media and telecommunications. Hopefully it's just a temporary least risk/effort approach, which will change over time.

    I know behind the scenes HMRC are supposed to...
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    So far I've seen 10/10 take this approach (large...

    So far I've seen 10/10 take this approach (large businesses). Some started with good intentions by creating a steering group etc. but for whatever reason have handed in the towel.
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    If they act like this now, I would be very...

    If they act like this now, I would be very worried about whether they pay invoices on time. Their last submitted micro accounts certainly don't add any confidence.
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    I get the impression agencies make so much money...

    I get the impression agencies make so much money from contractors, that it would take a full on recession for them to be affected.
  9. They had to make the change, there's tens of...

    They had to make the change, there's tens of thousands of permie-tractors sat side by side with employees doing the same job but paying less tax ( although you could argue that one as the permies...
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    I don't know the rules, but it might prevent you...

    I don't know the rules, but it might prevent you working in the finance industry.
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    Hopefully the karma police will catch up with...

    Hopefully the karma police will catch up with them eventually. Pimp ghosting is far too common place, maybe there should be an anonymous website just to post the name / agency, and then have a CUK...
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    I reckon the agency are probably taking a big...

    I reckon the agency are probably taking a big chunk from the client. If you're paying someone £200 a day, it should be to do some landscaping gardening, not some back end work.:bang:
  13. The standard flow I've done in the past is ...

    The standard flow I've done in the past is


    Discuss with the client what they want
    You provide the client with a quote / payment terms
    Client adds your company as a supplier to their...
  14. I think these files show the weightings : ...

    I think these files show the weightings :

    https://github.com/...1.5.0-final/control/scenarios.csv

    not sure if that weightings to status calculation is in the code. There is an excel...
  15. GitHub - hmrc/off-payroll-decision...

    GitHub - hmrc/off-payroll-decision

    Doesn't look like the repo has been updated for a few months. Snap shot of some of the code.


    "For all the expected OUT rules" should {

    val actual =...
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    I think this is one of reasons the IR35 reforms...

    I think this is one of reasons the IR35 reforms are occurring. Back in the day, contractors were hired because of specialist skills/knowledge to help get a project over the line. They were paid more...
  17. Was your particular contract /working practices...

    Was your particular contract /working practices deemed to be now inside IR35, or is it just a blanket decision?
  18. This is the bit I didn't understand. But...

    This is the bit I didn't understand.

    But having a read of an article on contractor UK

    IR35 liability from April 2020: Who’s liable, for what and when?

    It says

    "Let’s take the...
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    Not sure if this means the BBC may actually help...

    Not sure if this means the BBC may actually help out in cases like this? Or if it's just for cases post IR35 reform.



    Page 97
    BBC Group Annual Report and Accounts 2018/19
  20. In the document it doesn't really say, except for...

    In the document it doesn't really say, except for their Chief Commercial Officer. "...is a contractor and the salary is calculated based on the day rate he receives from the recruitment agency"
  21. Yep, in this case they've obviously tried to do...

    Yep, in this case they've obviously tried to do everything right, but HMRC weren't happy with the assessment.

    When it says "we assessed all contractors using the toolkit supplied by HMRC. " I...
  22. NHS Digital owe £4.3 million for getting IR35 wrong

    "Up to December 2018, we assessed all contractors using the toolkit supplied by HMRC. From January 2019, we are now making an initial assessment internally. Any contractors considered to be outside...
  23. Gov Facility Services gets IR35 status wrong

    "GFSL employed a large number of contractors throughout the period, some of whom were engaged off-payroll. GFSL used all available resources to judge whether contractors were in
    scope for IR35, and...
  24. It would make sense that HMRC will focus more on...

    It would make sense that HMRC will focus more on non-compliance after the private sector reforms go through. They'll want to build up some case law to scare off medium/large companies from thinking...
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    We consider that the BBC did have ultimate...

    We consider that the BBC did have ultimate control in how, where and when Ms Ackroyd carried out her work.


    The decision section

    " The only issue in this appeal is whether the FTT erred in...
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    Some of the struggles I've heard of are: ...

    Some of the struggles I've heard of are:


    Paying rent a year in advance
    Having to do 'border runs' so can you remain in the country a bit longer if a work permit hasn't come through.
    Fired...
  27. Got to be Altavista

    Got to be Altavista
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    Sounds scary. For contractors in the finance...

    Sounds scary. For contractors in the finance industry, what options do they have? Is there a shortage of finance contractors in other countries like Dubai?
  29. The legislation was supposed to prevent that...

    The legislation was supposed to prevent that happening...

    "The new legislation will apply not only to employment agencies and employment businesses but also other types of business that supply...
  30. Not sure if it's suitable, but a good tool for...

    Not sure if it's suitable, but a good tool for giving a break down of work based on what applications your using is Rescue Time.
    It's probably one of the most reliable ways to gauge how much...
  31. Most contractors in the industries I've worked...

    Most contractors in the industries I've worked tend to live by "The 4-Hour Workweek". You bill 40 hours a week and do 4 hours work on Friday afternoon :laugh The only caveat being, you have to be...
  32. The $100 dollar an hour is a rough figure I know...

    The $100 dollar an hour is a rough figure I know good UK/EU contractors are being paid to work remotely for US startups. Obviously some will get paid more, some less depending on area/skill etc. ...
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    There's a lot of things that could be improved!...

    There's a lot of things that could be improved! Typical agency candidate filtering seems to work like this:
    Gig available for an iOS app developer. Contractor who worked at Apple on the iOS...
  34. I'm sure some HR departments are seeing it as an...

    I'm sure some HR departments are seeing it as an opportunity to reduce the contractor count and get a pat on the back.
    Others may not want to take any responsibility for getting it wrong.
  35. Sounds dodgy. The going rate for contract...

    Sounds dodgy. The going rate for contract developers on US startups is about $100 an hour.
    If they can't afford to pay you, it means

    a) they have no experience of running successful startups /...
  36. If you pay by card, prior to the DD coming out, I...

    If you pay by card, prior to the DD coming out, I would talk to HMRC to see if their system is clever enough to handle that.

    Mixing company card / personal credit card via Curve sounds a bit...
  37. Employers who are incorrectly reporting Disguised Remuneration payments

    Looks like a few people in pay roll are accidentally pressing the wrong button :eek:

    From page 5 of HMRC employers bulletin ...
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    The MD may not know what effect he's having, if...

    The MD may not know what effect he's having, if he did you'd hope he wouldn't be doing it. Instead of going for a direct confrontation which may make him go defensive, you could say some thing like...
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    Most large tech companies have offices around the...

    Most large tech companies have offices around the world, so they already have direct access to teams which cost a lot less than the UK. But they know through experience, what the capabilities are of...
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    At every large tech company I've contracted at,...

    At every large tech company I've contracted at, the management are usually under pressure to reduce contractor count ( to replace with permies). The IR35 reform will probably be seen as a perfect...
  41. WHS. If there's 3 of you, are you all going to...

    WHS.
    If there's 3 of you, are you all going to have control over the company bank account? What if someone decides to help themselves to a 5k director loan? What happens if you all end up on the...
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    Although the length of time you are in a contract...

    Although the length of time you are in a contract has no bearing on IR35, 2 year + contracts do give a hint to HMRC that you may not be in business on your own account.
  43. The normal PO way is, you give the client a quote...

    The normal PO way is, you give the client a quote for the work with terms & conditions they then come back with a purchase order for it (before you start).

    The fact you were working on site,...
  44. As a contractor you have to be flexible. I would...

    As a contractor you have to be flexible. I would never suggest to anyone to claim money for work they haven't done, regardless of contracts etc. Contractors get paid more because they have this risk...
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    This is good for a bit of inspiration......

    This is good for a bit of inspiration...
    iPHONING MY WAY TO RETIREMENT $.70 AT A TIME by Eugene Lin, Ep 44 - YouTube
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    I've got no idea what the questions are, but...

    I've got no idea what the questions are, but quite often the reason for them isn't to see if you can 'solve the problem' it's to see how you solve problems. Not knowing the answer to everything in an...
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    The problem is I don't think you would find out...

    The problem is I don't think you would find out the real reason why you didn't get the contract. It'll be a generic, non offensive excuse.
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    I personally wouldn't ask for feedback direct...

    I personally wouldn't ask for feedback direct from the interviewer. You are business offering your services, if they don't want your services it'll be because :

    - not skilled enough in a certain...
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    "Are you a contractor? Has your role &...

    "Are you a contractor? Has your role & responsibilities changed from the original contract? Just call 1-800-NUM-NUTS, and we'll get Bill Murray to personally sue the client for this misfortune."
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    That's not quite right, you pay 13.5% (includes...

    That's not quite right, you pay 13.5% (includes 1% first year discount) on your gross turnover.
    For example:
    You earn 70k + 14k for 20% VAT = total of £84k
    You have to pay 13.5% of 84k = £11,340...
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