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We closely follow all cases in relation to Employment Status and IR35 but this particular case has hit the headlines. By the time this blog is published, most of you will have heard a mention of this case on social media or on the news. If you want a quick and concise summary, read on. 
The publication of much anticipated “Off-payroll working in the private sector” consultation has finally hit my inbox. With closing dates for comments by 10 August 2018, Summer 2018 is going to be an anxious time for the contracting industry. 
2018 is building up to be an important year of case law for IR35, with another win for the contractor in the case of Jensal Software Limited vs HMRC. 
HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool was published in March 2017 and has been heavily criticised from the outset with many industry experts claiming it is not fit for purpose. Figures released by HMRC now suggest that they may have been right! 
The 23rd IR35 court case to date, and second in just two months, saw a win for the contractor Mark Daniels of MDCM Limited. With many similar characteristics to the recent Ackroyd case, yet a different verdict, this decision by the Tribunal has caused further confusion across the industry. 
With little mention of the much anticipated off-payroll regime roll out into the private sector in today’s Spring Statement, are contractors right to take a sigh of relief? Is this a glimmer of hope? 
Once again, representatives from Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), The Association of Independent Professionals (IPSE), several others and HMRC met on 21 February 2018. 
The first IR35 ruling in seven years has today seen a defeat by HMRC of BBC presenter, Christa Ackroyd. The “Look North” presenter today lost her first-tier tribunal – resulting in an income tax and National Insurance bill in excess of £400k. 
Representatives from Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), The Association of Independent Professionals (IPSE), several others and HMRC met on 11 December 2017. This was the first IR35 forum since the announcement by the Government to launch a consultation into the roll-out of IR35 into the private sector. 
As many of you will know, April 2017 saw the introduction of IR35 reforms in the Public Sector. During the Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced a consultation to seek to expand those reforms into the Private Sector. 
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