HMRC has this month released figures surrounding the use of the IR35 helpline, set up in 2000.
Four of the recent IR35 Forum’s review points concerned the IR35 helpline, and although none of the four were accepted by HMRC, the department has released data regarding the helpline and its use, following the suggestion by a previous Personal Service Companies Committee that more needed to be done to publicise the helpline.
The figures show that the IR35 helpline has received, on average, between 900 and 1200 calls per year since it was set up. These calls take anything between a few minutes and 45 minutes, however advisers are not subject to any time constraints. Advisers are able to provide a verbal ‘view’ on a query, but can also provide further guidance in writing.
99% of queries were dealt with on the same day, even in situations where further research was required by the adviser.
Callers were mainly personal service company directors, partners in partnerships and small business owners, and types of queries included getting a basic understanding of IR35, opinion process, deemed payment, Q6 on P35 and Business Entity Tests.
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