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Intend to Work as a Contractor? Get Familiar with IR35!

You might work for a medium or large business for the private sector, this article will help you grow taller than the myths we hear about IR35 every now and then.

The contractors that are self employed and work through limited companies can sneak from the tax payment easily. Under IR35 Private Sectors, the escape is no longer possible. The rules are changing and this cannot be done lawfully. IR35 ensures the contractors work the same as employees and pay national insurance and tax which is a big crackdown on avoidance of tax.

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History Of IR35 Private Sector:

IR is an abbreviation of “Intermediaries Legislation”. IR35 was published by Inland Revenue which is now known as HMRC. It was first published in the month of April, 2000. The target behind designing this tax legislation was to catch the business entities and the contractors who are sneaking from paying tax. It also helped to identify the self employed individuals who do not expose their employment status for tax avoidance.


How do Contractors View IR35?

The UK Government has taken notice of how contractors are seeking unfair advantages by tax avoidance and it becomes the cause of increase in tax revenues. 

IR35 Private Sectors, contractors are accountable to determine the status whereas in public sector clients do the same job. 

Now, if we talk about the contractors, who work through the companies and only take themselves liable for paying corporation taxes which is only 20 percent of their profits. Since they pay themselves through dividends, which becomes a tax efficient way. Also national insurance and tax avoidance can easily be done. 

Contractors do see it as a trouble maker for them because IR35 Private Sectors stops them from being tax efficient. When they work as employees, they should be equally accountable for paying tax and national insurance. 

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Inside and Outside IR35:

The status of IR35 Private Sector is usually known as:

Inside IR35: 

Being under the status of Inside IR35 means that you have to take the     accountability of paying tax and national insurance, there is no escape from that. 

Outside IR35:

 If you operate your own business and pay yourself as a salary, and you are able to pay the rest of the amount as dividends. This makes your status outside IR35.

For such contractors who own the status as outside IR35, there is still probability that HMRC will keep a track and ensure the reality by enquiry.

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Know what has changed in IR35 Private Sectors:

In April 2000, the identification of IR35 status was the responsibility of the contractors and the limited companies to assess and be responsible for appropriate tax and insurance. If the status assessed by HMRC is proved to be incorrect by any chance, the organization will be liable for it. 

To align public and private sectors, few changes were made in April 2021. In which the accountability of identifying the status and ensured payment of tax was given to private sectors. They will be further liable for incorrect assessments in this regard.


New Rules – IR35 2021:

New rules announced for the client and contractors under IR35 Private sector include the following:

The company is called out to be a small business if you have the following features.

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  • Maximum 50 employees or less
  • Balance sheet with total of balance £5.1m
  • Private and public companies will be accountable to identify the status of contractors.
  • Small business with turnover that is less than £10.2 does not come under these rules.
  • If the contractor is under Inside IR35, the company will do the compulsory deduction from salary.


There comes a need when you intend to tell HMRC that you are a contractor and this becomes inappropriate in many ways. As you know the changes and if you foresee the circumstances for yourself after they are being implemented. Things may not go your favour as before they were. Because this way you are liable to pay more tax and insured national insurance as well. 

For the contractors, being inside IR35 means that your earnings become less. You might think about seeking solutions to this problem. 

New rules are proved to be challenging for small business, contractors and other individuals who were being tax efficient. As the company is now liable to identify your status. So you have very little options to influence the circumstances according to your wish and as to what can turn out to be appropriate to your earnings. Contractors need smart advice and which is another reason to reach out to Accotax Advisory.


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In Conclusion, we can say that under the new rules IR35 Private sector, there is no escape left for the contractors to avoid taxes and national insurance. This will surely prove to be advantageous for the  Government. The contractors need the smart advisory to save their earnings from going low.

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