If you've been working as a locum Vet Surgeon in the UK or an locum RVN you may well have been trading as a limited company or PSC (Personal service company) as they are often referred to in order to maximise your take home pay. In this article we will be discussing locum vet jobs in the UK post April 6th 2021 when the IR35 legislation amendment hits the private sector. Up until now the onus of responsibility and more importantly liability of Tax has been on the contractor (Locum vet or nurse in our case) Meaning that the person legally and financially responsible for your tax as a locum in the Veterinary sector was you the locum. The agency that you worked through and the practice you worked has no part in your Tax affairs - until now! When the 2021- 2022 tax year starts on the 6th of April this year the end employer- i.e. the person that pays the final bill for your services will be held responsible for your mode that you use in order to pay your taxes.
This has sent a shockwave through the veterinary profession - particularly the corporates who fall into the middle to large business bracket with annual turnovers of over 10 million per year. Businesses with a turnover of less than this amount fall into the small business category and therefore are not covered by the legislation amendment.
Working as a locum vet or locum vet nurse through a ltd company will no longer be a straightforward process, and for each assignment an individual CEST assessment must be done. This has been created to determine whether you can be classed as outside IR35 and there are various checks on here such as - do you bring your own equipment and vehicle to work , do you work off your own timetable among others.
How will this affect me financially?
The main effect here for vet locums is that they will now be liable for employers NI of13.8% and pension contributions of 3%- someone has to pay this - either you or the practice you are working for. We will discuss this with you at the time of your placement and work out a viable solution that is amicable for both you and the practice. Many locum who are working via umbrella where they will be footing the full cost of this are putting up their rates to counter the increase tax burden.
For those who are considering an Umbrella solution after the 6th April, most corporates are specifying that your umbrella company must be regulated and FCSA accredited in order to be compliant so make sure that you check with them that they are. We only use accredited umbrella companies anyway so there will be no issue if you're working through us.
As with the public sector which changed over in 2017 this will settle in time and of course the locum market is not going to just stop, so