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If you provide your personal services through your own company to large or medium-sized organisations, the way you are taxed may change for payments from 6 April 2020, due to the off-payroll working rules.
Where your final customer is not small (it is large or medium-sized), it must determine whether the relationship with you is a deemed employment. It may do this using the HMRC online tool called “CEST”. Your customer may ask you to provide information to feed into the CEST tool before April, to help it form its determination.
Your customer (or the agency you deal with) should tell you the outcome of the employment status determination and you can object if you disagree with the result.
Where your work is treated as a deemed employment, the payments made to your company for that work must have income tax and employee’s NI deducted from the gross amount. VAT is charged on the gross invoiced amount as normal if your company is VAT registered.
Where your relationship with your customer is not deemed employment, your invoices should be paid with no deductions, as now.
A quick way to determine whether your customer is “small”, and not affected by the off-payroll rules, is to check whether its last accounts have been audited. “Small” companies are not audited, and small is also defined as not meeting two or more of these criteria:
• Annual turnover: more than £10.2m
• Balance sheet total: more than £5.1m
• Average number of employees: more than 50
The last set of accounts filed at Companies House will tell you if the company has been audited, and should give you the figures to check against the above criteria.
We can help you check the accounts and advise on how to tell whether your customer is on the boundary of small or medium-sized.

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Clarke Nicklin House, Brooks Drive, Cheadle Royal Business Park, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 3TD. Registered Number OC309225.
The firm is registered to carry on audit work in the UK & Ireland. Details about our audit registration can be viewed at www.auditregister.org.uk under reference number C001178544. The professional rules applicable are the Audit Regulations and Guidance which can be found at www.icaew.com/regulations, and the International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland) which can be found at www.frc.org.uk/apb/publications/isa.cfm.