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IR35 is a new law that allows HMRC to collect additional taxes if they consider that a contractor could be, in fact, a “disguised employee”.
The purpose of IR35 is basically to make companies pay the right amount of Income Tax and National Insurance (for example, the NI that self-employed contractors pay is lower than the rate employees pay).
Some of the main things that HMRC looks at, if you’re a contractor:
If the answer is “yes” to any of these, you might just be a disguised employee – at least according to the HMRC. HMRC might make your client place you into their payroll and will tax them Income Tax and NI at employee rates.