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.
As we approach the end of July, contractors who have to make payments on account of their 2018/19 personal tax liabilities should hopefully be in a financial position to make those payments by the due date of 31 July.
Over the past year or so much has been written and said about this HMRC creation and it is destined to figure prominently in the lead up to April 2020 when the off-payroll working in the private sector rules are scheduled to come into effect. Although we don’t know yet what the final format of the tax legislation will look like, we can be pretty confident that CEST in its current or slightly amended form will be at the operational end of it.
The consultation on “off-payroll working rules from April 2020” was published on 5th March 2019. The proposals are broadly similar to the public sector, however there are some key developments which will apply equally to public sector engagements from April 2020.