IR35 Reviews for Public Sector Contracts

You may wish to also read our Guide to IR35 for a more in-depth review of IR35.

Many Limited company contractors may find themselves working in the Public Sector for organisations such as NHS Trusts, the Treasury, the Department of Work and Pensions or even a local council.

In August 2013 the ‘Review of Tax Arrangements of Public Sector Appointees’ was introduced which has mean't many contractors have been asked to show how they are meeting their tax obligations.

In a nutshell this means some contractors taking up a position in the public sector where their contract exceed 6 months and they are working through a Limited company, may be asked to provide details of their IR35 status, this is most easily achieved via a simple IR35 contract review.

The IR35 review will determine if your contract falls in or outside of IR35 legislation. If your contract does fall within IR35 you are expected to provide a deemed calculation. Don’t worry, a good accountant will be able to explain how the calculation works and will also do the calculation for you. Though for more information you could visit the HM Revenue and Customs page on IR35 deemed payment.

Additionally, you could be asked to show proof that you are paying PAYE and NIC if you do fall within IR35. This can be done through simply photocopying your payslips.

The above requirements really aren’t complicated if you go to an IR35 specialist. Our written contract review is unique as not only do we offer a guaranteed next day reply, though in 95% of cases it is the same say, we only charge for the review if we feel it passes IR35. The review will tell you in detail why we think your contract has passed or why we think it has failed. If your contract has failed we will offer constructive advice as to how you may restructure your assignment and contract.

For clients and IPSE members we charge £150 plus VAT for the review. For non clients or non IPSE members the fee is £200 plus VAT. Remember – we only charge if we feel you would pass IR35.

We can also offer on-going accountancy support and if you need to provide any evidence of payments of your tax obligations we will be able to help you provide the documentation. Our complete business package covers all your company needs and personal tax affairs for a fixed fee starting from £120 plus VAT per month. Check our packages for more detail. 

This includes:

  • Year-end accounts*
  • Corporation tax
  • Payroll bureau
  • Dividend administration
  • Dealing with HM Revenue and Customs and Companies House
  • Quarterly VAT Calculations 
  • Support with Annual Returns
  • Personal Taxation
  • Access to your own dedicated accountant* for all help and advice
  • Free bookkeeping software

To take advantage of our IR35 review service, email a copy of your contract along with your Company name and address to or alternatively fax to 0845 430 2021.

If have any further questions about IR35 or our accountancy package please call one of our New Client Services Team 01442 275789 or email

SJD Accountancy

SJD Accountancy are the UK's largest specialist provider of fixed fee, Limited company accountancy services to contractors; we've been acting for contractors across the UK since 1992 and have more than 15,000 clients.

We are the only national specialist firm of contractor accountants with offices nationwide. SJD Accountancy has more qualified staff than any other firm in our market with qualifications from the following major tax and accountancy bodies - ATT, AAT, CTA, ACCA, CA, ACA and FCCA.

  • Unlimited face to face meetings. This is a unique service only SJD Accountancy offers - unlimited face to face meetings across the UK - tax is complicated and sometimes only a meeting will do.
  • UK's Largest contractor accountants with more qualified staff. No call centres, no outsourcing, no automated call handling. Simply telephone, email or meet your own dedicated accountant face to face.
  • Money back service guarantee. All your Emails received by 4pm on any normal working day will be answered the same day. Should it be necessary to leave a telephone message it will be answered same day/following day latest or we will make a full refund of that months fee.
  • Outstanding reputation. We have won more awards for customer service and accountancy excellence than any other firm in our market, including: Best Accountant for Contractors, Accountant of the Year and Best Professional Service Team to name just a few.
  • All inclusive low cost fixed fee accountancy package which includes completion of accounts*, payroll bureau, dividends and corporation tax computations, personal taxation, free bookkeeping software, your own dedicated accountant* and all company returns for a fixed fee starting from £120 plus VAT per month. Check our packages for more detail.

If you have any questions about contracting or would like any further advice please call our new client services helpdesk on 01442 275789 or email: Our new client services helpdesk is open Monday to Friday (8am to 6pm).

Appoint SJD Accountancy and never worry about your tax or accountancy affairs again.

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*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of SJD for one year or have made 12 monthly payments. All accountants are part or fully qualified.