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IR35 3 months on: launching our IR35 Heath Check MOT

  • Publish Date: Posted 11 months ago
  • Author: Rebekah Valero-lee
Our new IR35 Health Check MOT service supports businesses that are currently unsure of whether their assessments are valid to avoid the financial and reputational risks associated with not meeting IR35 regulations.

The 12-month delay to IR35 saw HR and talent teams granted more time than originally anticipated to determine whether their contractor workforce fell inside or outside of the legislation, while many contractors who previously job-hopped felt more inclined to remain with a trusted client as markets coped with some of the most turbulent social and economic conditions ever witnessed.

In the run-up to the delayed introduction of IR35 reform in the private sector – which eventually came into play in April 2021 – thousands of businesses used HMRC’s CEST tool to determine whether their contractors fell inside or outside of IR35. Despite HMRC saying the tool was fit for purpose, businesses have since discovered that may not have been the case. Several incorrect statuses assigned to contractors have been declared, with affected companies now at risk of being fined – despite taking HMRC’s own recommended steps to protect themselves.

While the IR35 reform is now enforced, HMRC has announced it will offer businesses a grace period to ensure their assessments are completed accurately. This is a crucial time to take a step back and ensure you’re entirely compliant, so to help clients achieve exactly that, we’ve launched a brand new IR35 Health Check MOT service.

The service includes:

  • A review of tools used during assessment of incumbent contractors leading up to April 6th

  • A review of all assessment outcomes

  • A review of users’ ‘business as usual’ processes and procedures post-April 6th

  • Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) considerations

  • Analysis of policies and procedures to identify any outstanding risks and potential for improvements to operations

  • Use of Morson’s market intelligence tools and consultancy

Let us conduct an IR35 Health Check MOT, and you’ll be armed with the clarity you need to move forward in line with the regulation rather than against it.
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