IR35 Working Practices Review

The IR35 working practices review is a different product to the contract reviews we offer but often accompanies them. Instead of submitting your contract to us, you instead fill out a questionnaire of around 30-50 questions (depending on your responses at certain stages) that examine your day to day work life, how you do business with your clients, and whether you behave as a contractor should in a workplace.

Why do I need a Working Practices Review?

It’s important that your working practices mirror what is stated in your contract; these demonstrate how your actual working relationship with your end client functions and are usually taken into consideration more so than written terms should you fall foul of an HMRC investigation.

The contract between you and your end client could demonstrate positively all three major status tests (which you can read more about here) but if this is not proved to be how your engagement functions in reality, you could still be inside IR35. Demonstrating that the way you actively provide your services is IR35 compliant is the best way to steer clear of a tribunal.

Dragonfly Consultancy Ltd v HMRC is a cornerstone IR35 case which HMRC won. The defendant (the contractor) was found to have well-drafted IR35 clauses in their contract, but when it came to the crunch their contract did not mirror the true reality of the working practices. This led to a £99,000 liability judgement against them.

Whilst HMRC investigations are infrequent and are ruled in the contractor’s favour more often than not, something as simple as getting your working practices professionally reviewed by us can help to avoid this scenario. All contractors need to be proactive and show that they have taken reasonable steps to understand IR35 and ascertain their status accordingly. Our specialist IR35 team is here to help. 

After purchase, you'll receive an email from us that includes a link to our online questionnaire - if you feel like this is taking a while to come through, make sure to check your junk inbox. Our working practices questionnaire includes approximately 40 questions and takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Our questions are designed to get a 360 view of how you provide your services as accurately as possible. The questionnaire addresses all three major status tests and a range of minor status tests that could impact your IR35 status.

Once you have received your status determination from one of our expert IR35 assessors you will have the opportunity to contact your designated assessor and discuss any necessary amendments to how you provide your services. Subject to your discussion and the amendments made, we'll offer a reassessment free of

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