There's a lot of confusion still surrounding IR35, that's why Autotech Recruit has created a range of simple resources to support our clients ahead of the off-payroll working rules coming into effect within the private sector on 6th April.
From video guidance to step-by-step guides, the content has been created to ease any administrative burdens, while also helping clients make the correct Status Determination Statement (SDS) decision, in line with Autotech Recruit’s own assessments.
Designed to prevent workers from avoiding tax by operating as contractors, when really, they are employees in all but name, IR35 was brought into force within the public sector in 2017 and will affect the private sector from 6th April.
Following this date, any medium to large-sized company that meets the IR35 criteria will need to complete the Government’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool and an SDS before using the services of a contractor.
Supplying temporary vehicle technicians and MOT testers to the automotive aftermarket, Autotech Recruit has taken due diligence to assess both the job roles its contractor network carry out, and its clients.
Each job role only needs to be assessed once through the CEST tool, and, on completion of the assessment, Autotech Recruit has determined that its job roles fall outside of IR35. As per the rules of IR35, clients meeting the criteria have to complete the assessments and make their own determination.
Contacting all medium to large-sized clients, Autotech Recruit has received an overwhelmingly positive response. However, the company has witnessed a growing trend across the industry. The people completing the necessary assessments do not directly work with contractors, and therefore are unaware of what the role entails – leading to inaccuracies and potentially high tax implications for contractors.
With so much ambiguity surrounding IR35, Autotech Recruit has created a series of resources to simplify the process, enabling those working closely with contractors to complete the assessments accurately.
“It is important that we remain transparent to both clients and contractors, and guide them through the process,” comments Simon King, Managing Director of Autotech Recruit.
“While we have received a tremendous response from our clients who meet the IR35 criteria, to confirm that our contractors fall outside of IR35, some confusion still remains. Consequently, we wanted to create tools that would simplify the process for everyone, and explain exactly what needs to be done ahead of the April deadline.
“We are aiming to make the transition in April as easy as possible, so our temporary vehicle technicians and MOT testers can continue to keep the UK’s garages and workshops running efficiently,” concludes Simon.