IR35 is a complicated piece of tax legislation and the courts have been active with applying the law since it was started in 2000. Where the hypothetical contractual relationship between the individual and the hirer is deemed to be one of employment, HMRC will look for a sum equivalent to PAYE and NI deductions which over a number of years can amount to tens of thousands of pounds and it is therefore essential to have the best defenses. One of the first steps on the road to defending your IR35 status will always be getting an IR35 Contract Review – checking your contract for IR35 compliance.
Should HMRC ever raise an IR35 challenge, the first thing they will ask for are copies of all your contracts relating to a specific accounting period plus any evidence and information supporting your opinion of your status. Cogent knows how hard you work for your money and therefore ensure that each new contract is reviewed by a outside third party IR35 specialist firm.
We provide these IR35 contract reviews at no cost to you, regardless of how many contracts you have in a year. The commercial cost of IR35 reviews can be up to £350 each so this represents outstanding value for clients of Cogent.