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CIS And IR35: What Contractors & Subcontractors Need To Know As a contractor or subcontractor in the construction industry, you’ve probably heard of CIS and IR35. Perhaps you’re already enrolled in CIS and want to understand how - if at all - IR35 will imp...
3 benefits of using umbrella companies Umbrella companies have been at the forefront of business since the turn of the millennium, when IR35 went on the statute books and companies wanted to reduce the stress of handling finances.
What is Substitution? Substitution is arguably one of the more key factors which HMRC look out for when conducting an IR35 investigation, to see if an employee should be self-employed or an employee of the employer.
IR35: What is Control?  One of the most important factors in determining the IR35 status of an employee is the amount of control exercised by the client over where, when and how an individual provides their services. Contractors and freelancers should have more influence and control over how their services are provided and executed – not the client.
What determines IR35 status? You’re probably familiar with the complexities of determining the IR35 status of an employee, as it’s dependent on multiple factors which can vary from assignment to assignment. If that’s not hard enough, determining the true status of an employee can be subjective and requires in-depth knowledge of legislations.
IR35 for agencies: questions answered. We know IR35 can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a list of all of the question’s recruiters ask us on a daily basis. 
IR35 for contractors: questions answered. We know IR35 can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a list of all of the question we get asked on a daily basis. 
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