Ruairi works as an Agency Support Advisor. He is an ambassador for PayStream with strong knowledge of all aspects of our products and services. Ruairi maintains relationships with a number of recruitment agencies, developing strong and trusted relationships via a combination of email and inbound & outbound calls. We wanted to find out a little more about Ruairi and his PayStream journey.
Chris works as a dedicated IR35 Advisor on PayStream's IR35 Project, the aim of which is to assist agencies and contractors in determining their IR35 status in light of upcoming legislation changes in April 2020. When not completing IR35 reviews or assisting with portal or project work he continues to assist with compliance queries, working in a Compliance Officer capacity and supporting the team on the compliance inbox. We wanted to find out a little more about Chris and his PayStream journey.
Over the last few years, the Government’s spotlight has been heavily focused on the temporary labour market, and as a result we have seen lots of new legislation from AWR through to Off-payroll working. This month our key focus is on the latest draft legislation which confirms that off payroll working in the private sector will be introduced from April 2020.
The rules introduced in April 2017 are being extended to the private sector. The responsibility for operating IR35 is shifting from the individual contractor to medium or large-sized clients and third sectors (such as charities) from April 2021. Developments in the April 2021 legislation, such as the client led status disagreement process, are also being applied to the public sector. Government has accepted that CEST is not fit for purpose and has committed to improving it ahead of April 2021. But, considering the industry’s need to start preparing for the changes urgently, how long will we have to wait for the latest version of CEST?
The draft legislation was released earlier today and is largely as discussed in the consultation document and very similar to the off-payroll rules in the public sector. However it will be subject to scrutiny and possible change as it makes its way through Parliament to become the Finance Act. There were a number of outstanding questions following the end of the public consultation, all of which we focus on in our response, along with the key points likely to have a material effect on the industry.
The big topic of conversation continues to be the upcoming private sector reforms and Governments continued focus on our sector and ensuring everyone is paying the correct taxes. So in this month’s newsletter we continue to separate the myths from the facts with our latest mythbuster instalment regarding what happens if a client deliberately misleads an agency on the IR35 status.
For some time now there has been uncertainty in some parts of the recruitment sector as to whether the valuable VAT concession which exempts employment agencies from charging VAT for supplying certain nursing and nursing auxiliary staff to an end user can be accessed by an umbrella company.