Just weeks before it was scheduled to come into effect, the UK Treasury announced that reforms to the IR35 tax legislation will be postponed by a year, due to pressures brought about by the ongoing pandemic.

This legislation, which puts the legal responsibility for determining the IR35 status of contractors onto employers, has been perceived as a major threat to big businesses in the UK. So much so that an increasing number have announced (or been exposed as having) “all in policies”, where companies avoid engagements with their contingent workers in a Ltd capacity and instead enforce that they must all be hired on a PAYE (pay as you earn) basis.

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