IR 35 Reforms coming to the private sector – 6 key takeaways

  • Your IR35 status will be determined by the client from April 2020 (medium and large companies), rather than by yourself.


  • Your relationship with the client will therefore assume even more importance than it does currently.


  • Contractors who go direct and who do not have an agency intermediary in the discussions with the client, may have an advantage in being able to shape the client’s decision regarding IR35.


  • IR35 rules dictate that every assignment be evaluated according to individual circumstances. Will you be in a position to ensure this if you go through an agency? 


  • One of the key factors in determining IR35 status remains the client acceptance of unfettered substitutions


  • Having a meaningful direct dialogue with the client and being able to set and agree contract terms relating to substitutions may be highly beneficial.