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As we approach the UK tax year end, organisations should review a number of employment-related areas to ensure compliance with tax and social security regulations. There is a window of opportunity to resolve any issues and avoid penalties and interest. In addition, April 2020 sees the extension of IR35 regulations to the private sector. Any UK business that uses the services of a contractor is potentially impacted. The regulations aim to combat tax avoidance by workers who inappropriately bill their services through personal service companies, or PSCs. Until relatively recently, these workers were responsible for determining their own status as workers — either as a regular employees or contractors.


The UK is set to leave the European Union on January 31. Unfortunately, that date will not usher in an era of certainty for businesses with UK activities. In fact, it will launch a transition period of unpredictable negotiations between the UK and the EU. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set an aggressive timeline for trade-deal negotiations. But there are other significant areas to be settled, such as post-Brexit UK workers’ rights and regulations governing data protection, supply chains, immigration and more.


Brexit will have profound effects on businesses exporting from the UK and those with UK-based customers, regardless of where those businesses are located. Affected businesses will face new challenges related to data protection, supply chains, immigration and more. The precise nature of many of these challenges remains uncertain, and the hard truth is that many Brexit-related uncertainties will persist long after the UK leaves the EU.