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21st April 2021



Implemented April 2021:

Previously and prior to the 6th April 2021, the decision to the status within IR35, was born by the contractor (and or agent). If a legitimate PSC (LTD), and after due diligence, the fee payer (Agent in this case) will pay earnings gross and contractors company is responsible for NI (Employee and  Employer) and tax deductions of their personnel. However, the government has changed the way the status is determined, and it will be the UK end client/ customer that determines the status of the contractor (not the contractor or agent/ intermediary). The ruling changes where reviewed on many occasions by the UK government, but no changes have been identified/ amended and this will be enforced from the 6th April 2021.

Each client (subject to meeting the criteria as end client/ customer. I.e. turnover etc) will have their own way of determining status (i.e. outsourcing to third party accountants or using the GOV.UK CEST tool) but the final decision will be theirs.

Moving forward it will be a case of when we submit an individual for work, the client, and if contractor accepted, will then ask how the contractor wishes to be paid (via PAYE  or PSC/LTD).

If PAYE, and contractor already contracts this way, will just be as normal and no changes. However, if PSC/ LTD the client will then ask further questions on the contractors’ company, the full criteria of questions asked will be down to the end client, but we assume along the lines of the GOV.UK CEST test. The client will then determine the status of the contractor and advise PROFFS whether the contractor should be within ‘off payroll rules’ or not.

If the decision is given that contractor is outside ‘off payroll rules’ PROFFS will pay monies due gross, with no deductions. If within ’off payroll rules’ and after contractors’ acceptance of the work, PAYE deductions will have to be removed (including Employers NI) PROFFS can include contractor on our PAYE system for the period, deducting relevant NI and Tax. Legitimate Umbrella companies may also be considered too.

Further information can be seen at, you can also follow the links on this page to complete the current CEST test.