Public Sector Contracts

18th March 2016

Budget 2016: The end of public sector contracting?
It was announced in the Spring Budget 2016 that engagers in the public sector will be responsible for deciding the IR35 status of their contractors from April 2017:

Click here for the PDF

It is estimated that 20,000 Personal Services Company’s working in the public sector are avoiding tax (by not following IR35 rules correctly). The government believe this new measure, which will be subject to consultation, strengthens the public sector’s role in ensuring that the workers it engages comply with the correct tax rules.

The government issued an IR35 discussion document last summer, asking for input regarding a proposal to make all engagers responsible for ensuring IR35 compliance. By going after the public sector first, we will have to wait and see if this opens the door to all contracts having to comply with this new regime.



 
Other items in Blogs
 
Ruth Pearson
5th December 2017 Tax implications for employee gifting

Some employers like to give their employees a small gift at this time of year. A tax exemption applies giving employers reassurance that the benefits provided are exempt and won’t result in a reportable employee benefit. To ensure the benefit is exempt, the following conditions must be met:- The cost of the benefit does not…

Read More »

Paul Tatum
5th December 2017 Charity Accounts: New Independent Examination Rules

  For many years now, many mid-sized UK charities have been required to subject their annual statutory accounts to independent examination. For such charities, with income within the range of £25,000 to £1m and gross assets of less than £3.26m, an independent examination is a lighter touch of independent scrutiny than a full audit. As…

Read More »

Philip Peters
26th November 2017 Buy to Let – minimising income tax

In recent years the tax system has been used increasingly to try to influence behaviour in the buy to let property market – the increases in Stamp Duty Land Tax, the restriction of tax relief for mortgage interest and the higher rate of capital gains tax for residential property sales are all examples of government…

Read More »

Jodie Tarbin
24th November 2017 Autumn Budget – Property taxes

SDLT for First time buyers – The government has introduced a new relief from SDLT for first-time buyers (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) for all transactions with an effective date on or after 22 November 2017. The relief works as follows: £300,000 or less: no SDLT payable £300,001 and £500,000: no SDLT on the…

Read More »

Vanessa Pearson
24th November 2017 IR35: Private Sector consultation announced

As we predicted in past blogs, the Chancellor announced a consultation into IR35 private sector contractors in the Autumn Budget. Since April 2017, contractors in the public sector are no longer responsible for evaluating their IR35 status; the end client is required to carry out an IR35 assessment instead. The Treasury believe this has increased…

Read More »

Ian Piper
24th November 2017 Autumn Budget 2017

What’s in it for Tech Companies? Philip Hammond’s second Budget had to steer a precarious path. Within the parameters of slowing UK growth, preparing for Brexit and a lack of spare money, he had to somehow end public sector austerity and continue reducing the deficit. Whilst trying to restore his own political reputation. Not an…

Read More »