‘Confusion’ over forthcoming tax law changes
More clarity and communication is needed about imminent changes to tax legislation targeting the employment status of professional drivers, according to recruiter GI Group UK.
A change to the rules surrounding anti-avoidance tax laws - IR35 – this April is intended to expose “hidden employees”.
It means hauliers must review their agency needs and decide whether a driver should be classed as a full-time staff member.
It is thought that a large number of drivers act as self-employed and use companies to manage their payments and tax affairs.
However, under the reforms, there will be a crackdown on off-payroll working, so that firms and contractors cannot avoid dodging national insurance.
But GI Group said confusion about the issue still reigns, with 84% of organisations failing to inform their drivers about the changes.
Its driver survey also found 46% of respondents do not understand what IR35 is and how it impacts contractors.
Richard Madej, Gi Group UK head of driving, said: “With uncertainty around the IR35 legislation, and as of April 2020 the responsibility for the determination of whether a role falls inside or outside of IR35 falling to the client rather than the contractor, it has never been more important for them to have complete trust in the advice they receive.”
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