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Deloitte confirms post-April 2021 ban on PSCs

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    #11
    Originally posted by jamesbrown View Post
    Everyone will have their own personal anecdotes from the sectors in which they typically work. Remember, the reform hasn’t happened yet and many companies are only now starting to act. If you want more than a couple of anecdotes, read the CUK news or look at offpayroll.org.uk. The market is about to change fundamentally. As you say yourself, you were asked to stay as a permie.

    Deloitte, Metro Bank, Zurich, Three UK and BoI ban limited company contractors, as IR35 reform looms

    Find fairer IR35 & CV19 clients, agents & brollys. OffPayroll.org.uk
    Sure, very true. Will check out those links, thanks.

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      #12
      Originally posted by Maslins View Post
      I'm still of the view that at least some big corporates will take a different stance. They'll get their legal/risk/insurance/HR bods to work together and get contracts with clear working practices that make them safe from IR35. They'll then offer outside gigs. Everything else being equal these will be more appealing to contractors than inside gigs elsewhere. This will give those corporates first pick of the best contractors.
      This is exactly what current client co is doing.

      No brainer really. It is easy to get a genuine pass from CEST if working practices really are outside IR35.

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        #13
        Company X gives contractor Y an outside determination backed up with a pass from CEST.

        How does HMRC prove the determination is wrong ie. the client made the wrong determination.

        Any enquiry is going to be handled by Company X's legal department. Who will have the resources to get proper legal advice in handling the enquiry and will not want to make the company liable in any way.

        Unless someone on the inside on company X (a disgruntled permie perhaps) snitches or the contractor himself gives evidence against the company i cant see how how HMRC can gather enough evidence to bring any sort of case to tribunal or court.

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          #14
          Hello Company X - this is HMRC calling we are looking at XYZ would you like to be helpful or would you prefer us to (ab)use our Customs powers...
          merely at clientco for the entertainment

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            #15
            Originally posted by Fraidycat View Post
            How does HMRC prove the determination is wrong ie. the client made the wrong determination.
            You've got it the wrong way around. The burden of proof is not on HMRC, rather on the supply chain (the Fee Payer in the first instance, but possibly the client that issued the SDS in the second instance).

            "Why should we believe this SDS? We don't believe it. Show us proof for each aspect."

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              #16
              Originally posted by jamesbrown View Post
              You've got it the wrong way around. The burden of proof is not on HMRC, rather on the supply chain (the Fee Payer in the first instance, but possibly the client that issued the SDS in the second instance).

              "Why should we believe this SDS? We don't believe it. Show us proof for each aspect."
              And so the Legal department for company X sends back proof based on advice given by expert IR35 lawyers (the likes of QDOS etc).

              What do HMRC do then?

              HMRC could still take the case to Tribunal or whatever the next level is and hope they can find cracks in the evidence when they get people testifying in person but that seems to be pretty high risk for HMRC to me. Potentially wasting the courts time when they have no evidence before hand.

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                #17
                Originally posted by Fraidycat View Post
                And so the Legal department for company X sends back proof based on advice given by expert IR35 lawyers (the likes of QDOS etc).

                What do HMRC do then?

                HMRC could still take the case to Tribunal or whatever the next level is and hope they can find cracks in the evidence when they get people testifying in person but that seems to be pretty high risk for HMRC to me. Potentially wasting the courts time when they have no evidence before hand.
                I don't think you get how HMRC work.

                It's not we will pick an individual case - it's we will take all 50 people in the company, identify the weakest and then ask for the other 49 to be included when HMRC win the court case.
                merely at clientco for the entertainment

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                  #18
                  Originally posted by Fraidycat View Post
                  And so the Legal department for company X sends back proof based on advice given by expert IR35 lawyers (the likes of QDOS etc).

                  What do HMRC do then?

                  HMRC could still take the case to Tribunal or whatever the next level is and hope they can find cracks in the evidence when they get people testifying in person but that seems to be pretty high risk for HMRC to me. Potentially wasting the courts time when they have no evidence before hand.
                  OK, I'll humour you and assume that the minority scenario whereby a company actually understands IR35, did their proper due diligence, per contractor, based on working practices and decided to take the (completely unnecessary) risk of hiring outside IR35 contractors is actually a realistic scenario across many big corporates, contrary to the logic of self-preservation and the reality that is emerging

                  In that case, HMRC don't (and won't) go for high-hanging fruit because that would be stupid and counterproductive. They will go for low-hanging fruit and seek to apply it more widely after that. There are always low-hanging fruit within companies as well as whole companies that are low hanging fruit.

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                    #19
                    Which lucky private company will be the recipient of this I wonder?

                    IR35 inspectors to probe public PSCs retrospectively
                    "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
                    - Voltaire/Benjamin Franklin/Anne Frank...

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                      #20
                      Originally posted by cojak View Post
                      Which lucky private company will be the recipient of this I wonder?

                      IR35 inspectors to probe public PSCs retrospectively
                      That's from 2017 and HMRC have said they aren't going to do similar this time around.

                      Although given what they promised in 2017 and then didn't implement is it wise to trust a department that is going to be desperately hunting for any and all money it can raise next year.
                      merely at clientco for the entertainment

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