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Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract.
Jane Imrie

Yorkshire firm launches company to support businesses with freelancer hire

An East Yorkshire payroll firm has launched a new company to support businesses working with self-employed consultants and professionals.

Hudson Contract, which is based in Bridlington, has launched Hudson Freelance help to protect businesses from falling foul of new tax rules.

Legislation around IR35 reforms states that construction firms with more than 50 employees, a turnover of £10.2m or assets of £5.2m must comply with the new rules, which serve to define off-payroll working in a bid to crack down on so-called ‘disguised employment’ by April 2020.

With revenues of up to £1.4bn, the family-owned payroll specialist identified the demand for a company that could support businesses across the region and beyond with the legislative change.

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, commented: “If HMRC decides highly paid consultants are actually employees, the potential liabilities could be disastrous.

“Many businesses have already taken the decision to cull their off-payroll staff, thinking it’s better to be safe than sorry, even though it could harm their growth prospects.

He added: “It doesn’t have to be this way. We have launched Hudson Freelance to eliminate the risk of continuing to use consultants once the rules change.”

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