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For 20 years, IPSE has been not only campaigning on IR35, but also advising contractors and the self-employed on how to navigate it. We are the true experts.
In these pages you can find our basic guide to IR35, as well as explainers about how IR35 is changing in the private sector and how it will affect contractors working with both larger companies and smaller companies.
IPSE are the true IR35 experts and with IPSE membership, you can access our full IR35 in the Private Sector guide, IR35 tax investigation coverage, tax and legal helplines, contract templates and much more.
As a not-for-profit organisation, you can also be sure that every penny spent on us goes towards supporting our members and campaigning on the causes that matter most to contractors and the self-employed.
Read our guidance to 'IR35 in the private sector'
IPSE’s campaign during the general election forced the Conservatives to pledge to review the changes to IR35 in the private sector.
However, the review turned out to be little more than a brief tick-box exercise. The self-employed contribute £305bn to the economy every year. They deserve better than this. IPSE is campaigning for the government to urgently rethink: it must halt the changes and conduct a full, independent review now.Read the guide
IR35 for clients
Until now end clients (the hiring organisation at the top of the supply chain) haven’t had to worry about IR35. A client could engage a contractor, pay them gross, and sleep soundly. The government intends to change all that. It wants clients to be legally responsible for determining IR35 status, and liable for IR35 decision it may have got wrong.
This is an unwelcome development for clients. Very unwelcome. If the changes go ahead as the government intends, they will have to wrestle with IR35 as contractors have done for the last twenty years.
If clients decide IR35 applies, its likely contractors will seek an increase in their day rate, or they could simply terminate their contract. If they decide it doesn’t apply, but are later proven wrong, HMRC might come after them for the tax that it says should have been deducted.
However, if clients put in place a few simple measures, they can continue to use contractors as they have previously, with very little fear of reprisals from HMRC.
See our quick guide for clients and contact IPSE for more information on how to mitigate your IR35 risk