If your business engages with limited company contractors, the impending changes to IR35 will have an impact on your organisation. The need for preparation to incorporate the changes in legislation is imperative to ensure a smooth transition to reduce impact.
First introduced in 2000, IR35 was designed to reduce tax avoidance by contractors who HMRC believe to be “disguised employees” – people who work in a similar way to full-time employees but charge for their services using their limited companies to make their business as tax efficient as possible.
Currently, an individual working through their own limited company is responsible for determining their IR35 status on each contract they undertake and make deductions for tax and national insurance contributions in accordance with their IR35 status.
As we know, the government intend to change the way IR35 status is determined going forward. The determination of IR35 status will become the responsibility of the end client/hirer and should be passed down through the supply chain (if a fee payer is in place – generally a recruitment agency) to the contractor. Tax liability will sit with the “fee payer” who must deduct tax and national insurance contributions and report using Real Time Information (RTI).
Optimus Shield is a unique product specifically designed to support businesses with the imminent change of IR35 legislation due in April 2021. Our highly developed process has the ability to assess the IR35 status of a contract and offers an end to end process for the supply chain – mitigating all risk.
At Optimus Shield, we have invested heavily into research and development supported by tax and legal opinion to provide a product that not only assesses IR35 status of a contract but can facilitate an end-to-end process for the supply chain.
“Delivering Prime Protection”
Optimus Shield’s unique tool allows you to:
Using Optimus Shield can mitigate risk to the entire supply chain
Each contract is individually assessed along with the working practices using our unique status determination tool to identify IR35 status.
Once assessment is completed a status determination statement (SDS) is issued to all parties in the supply chain.
Upon determination of the status, Optimus Shield can facilitate a fee payer service for both outside and inside IR35 situations.
Our fee payer service takes on the liability for making PAYE deductions, reporting to HMRC using
Real Time Information (RTI) and sending payments to HMRC.
Our outsourcing partnering service enables Optimus Shield to take on both the responsibility for making the IR35 determination and tax liability. Optimus Shield will make the relevant deductions based on the assessment and both report to HMRC via RTI and send payments to HMRC.
Optimus Shield is the result of heavily invested research and development to tackle the issues now facing the private sector due to changes to the IR35 legislation being rolled out in April 2021.