HMRC clarifies off-payroll rules

Industry News - 24th March 2021

HMRC has published a briefing on its approach to the changes to off-payroll working rules, commonly known as IR35, which will be introduced on 6 April 2021.

Reiterating its advice from last year, HMRC has confirmed that it will not issue penalties for inaccuracies in the first 12 months following the changes to the off-payroll working rules unless there is evidence of deliberate non-compliance.

HMRC also confirmed that it will not use the information it receives as a result of the changes to open new compliance enquiries into returns for tax years before 2021/22 unless there is reason to suspect fraud or criminal behaviour.

The new tax rules will see the extension to medium and large organisations in the private sector. These reforms will shift the responsibility for assessing employment status to medium and large organisations engaging individuals via a personal services company.

Internet link: GOV.UK

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