IR35 Shield combines a freely accessible artificial intelligence (AI) powered IR35 compliance test with unique access to a range of IR35 experts. It offers protection, whether you’re an agency, service provider, hirer or contractor.
What makes our solution the most accurate IR35 test available?
Our test uses 101 questions to build a comprehensive understanding of the contractor’s relationship with their client.
The answers are analysed using a bespoke algorithm. This is regularly refined in line with the latest IR35 tribunal case outcomes. All algorithmic refinements are subsequently regression tested for robustness against our extensive database of tests conducted.
Our solution’s AI is designed to take the holistic approach a tribunal judge would when determining employment status. The AI also harnesses big data, enabling organisations to compare their contractor’s test results against the several thousand test results delivered by Shield to date.
All contractors who take the test can access a comprehensive and uniquely numbered Status Determination Statement detailing reasons for their assessment determination. Contractors who achieve a status of “IR35 does not apply” also receive a certificate and client-sign-off page, which can be used to demonstrate due diligence and strengthen any future IR35 defence.
Contrary to what HMRC would have you believe, the complexity of employment case law means it’s impossible to build a test that provides every single contractor a simple binary yes/no answer.
Nobody can definitively know the IR35 status of a contractor unless it is tested in court.
Whilst there are some factors that will indicate definite fails and definite passes, most evaluations will fall somewhere within the spectrum between the two.
This is how our test works, and it provides the most accurate assessment available, allowing you to use it with confidence.
Seeking professional assistance can be of great benefit to a contractor who doesn’t achieve a pass result. Depending on the expert’s verdict, there are several potential outcomes:
Whether you’re a public sector agency or a private sector contractor, you can have access to a range of insurance options to provide further peace of mind for your company.
Use the IR35 Status Determination Statement to prove your status to our recommended providers to purchase tax investigation insurance or the more comprehensive tax liability insurance. This includes: