Compliance IR35:
IR35, changes in legislation from 2021:

This piece of tax legislation which first announced the Government’s plans to clamp down on ‘disguised employment’, to be implemented in 2021.
Before IR35 was created, the number of contractors working via their own intermediaries (personal limited companies) was becoming increasingly popular. Limited company owners can enjoy a number of tax benefits which are not available to permanent staff – the main benefit is that no National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are payable on company dividends. Traditional workers have to pay income tax and NICs on their entire salaries.

The new changes set out in the 2018 Budget are set  to increase compliance with the ‘off payroll’ working rules in the private sector ( IR35) and may affect how you pay taxes.

• To increase compliance with the existing off-payroll working rules (known as IR35) in the private sector, businesses will become responsible for assessing an individual’s employment status. The reform does not apply to the self-employed or introduce a new tax. It brings the private sector in line with the public sector.

The government has listened to stakeholder views during the consultation. The reform will not apply to the smallest 1.5 million businesses, and large and medium businesses will have longer to adjust, with the changes being introduced in April 2020.

1. It is fair that two individuals working in the same way pay broadly the same income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs), even if one of them works through a company. The off-payroll working rules were introduced in 2000 and require that individuals, who work like employees, but through companies, pay similar taxes to other employees.

2. Contractors who do not comply with the rules pay significantly less income tax and NICs than an equivalent employee. HMRC estimates the cost of non-compliance to the exchequer will reach £1.3 billion a year by 2023-24.

3. The reform will bring the private sector in line with the public sector, where evidence suggests compliance has improved since the reform was introduced in 2017. HMRC estimates the reform has raised £550 million in income tax and NICs in its first year.

4. The off payroll working rules only affect people working like employees and through a company. They do not apply to the self-employed.

Employed or self-employed?
It depends on the facts of your engagement, if you are working like an employee for a UK agency, on set shifts, reporting to a supervisor, signing company timesheets etc. this will affect your employment status and the end client will be responsible for deducting your UK tax and NIC. 

What does the reform mean for businesses?
5. From 6 April 2020, medium and large businesses will need to decide whether the rules apply to an engagement with individuals who work through their own company.

6. Where it is determined that the rules do apply, the business, agency, or third party paying the worker’s company will need to deduct income tax and employee NICs and pay employer NICs.

7. The government has listened to business and will build on learnings from the introduction of the reform to the public sector. As a result: • medium and large businesses will have until April 2020 to implement the changes the existing rules will continue to apply to the 1.5 million smallest businesses.

8. HMRC has developed the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) service to help businesses determine whether the off payroll working rules apply. HMRC will continue to work with stakeholders to improve further CEST and guidance before the reform comes into effect.

Responding to the consultation

9. Since the introduction of the public sector reform, and during the consultation, the government has listened to the views of stakeholders. On that basis, it can confirm: • the reform is not retrospective – as it has in the public sector HMRC will focus its efforts on ensuring businesses comply with the reform rather than focusing on historic cases

HMRC will not carry out targeted campaigns into previous years when individuals start paying employment taxes under IR35 for the first time following the reform and businesses’ decisions about whether their workers are within the rules will not automatically trigger an enquiry into earlier years • the reform will not stop anyone working through a company if that suits them, and does not apply to the self-employed • HMRC will provide extensive support and guidance to help businesses implement the off-payroll working rules to ensure they apply them correctly, and will ensure the guidance is appropriate to the needs of the private sector, which are more diverse than those of the public sector • HMRC continues to work with stakeholders to identify improvements to CEST and wider guidance to ensure it meets the needs of the private sector - enhancements will be tested with stakeholders, operational and legal experts before the reform is implemented • the government has monitored the public sector reform, including by engaging with the sector during consultation and evidence shows that compliance is increasing without impacting market flexibility. The government will continue to monitor tax receipts as data becomes available

The advantages of using AMGL payroll services:

IR35 will not apply to Employees of AMGL, as you are already employed and PAYE is taken care of for you. As an employee you may be also able to claim back taxes with your seafarer earning deduction allowance.
AMGL is located in Guernsey, so there is no reductions in rates for UK Employers NIC (13.8%) associated with UK based Payrolls companies, unless you are on a UK flagged vessel in UK waters, a fixed platform including jack ups etc.. or any Uk onshore contracts.