IR35 status is the most important decision that has to be made not only when an individual is starting out as a contractor but also for each and every contract that is undertaken. IR35 has never before seen so much attention, from Government, HMRC and the media. The days of ignoring IR35 or managing around it are long gone. Those affected by IR35 are seeking accountancy service providers with the appropriate level of skills, or access to such skills, who can provide technically accurate advice and guidance on their IR35 status. End clients and agencies too need to demonstrate a reasonable understanding of IR35. Simply stating that contracts are “IR35 friendly” is not good enough.
Bauer & Cottrell enjoys an excellent reputation, based on our principles of honesty and integrity. Our IR35 opinions consist of a comprehensive review of the working practices and the written contracts.
We are able to negotiate appropriate changes to written contracts and have developed lasting relationships with agencies and end clients of all sizes. If our opinion is an outside IR35 one, then for our Guardian Plus service clients, we will defend them against an HMRC IR35 enquiry completely free of charge. It does not matter to us whether an engagement is inside or outside IR35. We just want to give an opinion that can be relied upon.
We are currently dealing with lots of IR35 enquiries and dealing with a number of very distressed clients. Perhaps the most common things we hear these days are “my accountant said it is OK for IR35” or “the agency said it is an IR35 friendly contract” or “everyone who works here is outside IR35”. It is a sad fact that many contractors have put all their faith in these remarks which have no substance and have often been used simply to gain a sale or secure a placement.
If you share our principles and would like to be considered as a Bauer & Cottrell Associate please read on. If you are simply seeking another “badge” or think our association is just good for marketing then please stop reading now.
You will be provided with a Bauer & Cottrell Associate logo. The logo will be updated annually in line with your period of paid membership, providing reassurance to your clients and associates that your firm is knowledgeable and up to date with all IR35 matters.
To become a Bauer & Cottrell Associate the fee is £2500 per annum plus VAT for the first year. Subsequent annual renewals are charged at £1500 per annum plus VAT. Fees may be increased for some agencies or very large providers.
This scheme is suitable for accountancy service providers, agencies and others providing services to or with an interest in IR35 and tax/NIC status issues.
Demonstrates your commitment to ensuring your staff, clients and potential clients have access to the latest information, guidance and support on IR35 issues in association with Bauer & Cottrell who are independent and impartial. Demonstrates commitment to shared principles of honesty and integrity.
Enhanced marketing and business development opportunities and much more!
It is not necessary to purchase any of our IR35 contract review services or to make use of any other Bauer & Cottrell services/material supplied, as part of our association.
We do not want to be associated with any organisation or individual who does not share our principals of honesty and integrity or with those who blatantly ignore IR35 or mislead individuals regarding IR35 or any other legislation. We therefore reserve the right to terminate an Association, remove links and request the removal of Bauer & Cottrell material from web sites and from all marketing material. No refunds of fees in whole or in part will be made in these circumstances.