Guide to IR35 in the Public Sector


At the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor confirmed that from April 2017, in the public sector only, IR35 status will be determined by the client not the contractor. If the public sector client decides that IR35 should apply to the engagement, payment to the contractor’s company will be taxed at source – as if they were an employee.

IPSE strongly opposed this proposal, both directly to the Prime Minister and senior officials, and via a written submission to the consultation. In addition we held several roundtables, and commissioned surveys and independent research. We provided evidence to the Government of the damage this measure will do: it will force contractors out of the public sector, damage the delivery of vital projects and ultimately cost the taxpayer more.

Unfortunately, the Government decided to push ahead with the proposal regardless.

There is still much we don’t yet know about how the new legislation will work in practice. The real extent of the difficulties it will cause will not become apparent until the middle of 2017.

This new and free guide explains what this change means and what contractors can expect when working in the public sector. As we learn more we will update this guide. 

Read the guide in full here: 


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