Self-employed to pay more tax from 2020

The new rules are expected to be included in the Finance Bill 2019/20.

Seb Maley, CEO at tax consultancy Qdos, said: "With the arrival of the draft legislation, it seems very unlikely that there will be a U-turn or a delay at this stage, despite the fact that amid political uncertainty further IR35 reform is short-sighted and unnecessary.

"HMRC is wrongly under the impression that public sector reform has been a success. Therefore, it’s no surprise that private sector changes look like they will closely mirror those introduced in the public sector in 2017.

"The onus is now on the private sector to prepare for the arrival of these changes next April. With greater clarity over the incoming rules, private sector firms can at least focus fully on preparing for these changes, ensuring they are capable of accurately setting the tax status of contractors."

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