*Assessment fee applies. Can be paid for by your organisation or your contractors, making the solution cost-free to your business
Qdos Status Review is more than just an IR35 tool. It’s a complete compliance service powered by true experts in the field.
Status Review is an independent alternative to HMRC’s Check Employment Status for Tax tool (CEST). It combines case-by-case IR35 status assessments with a management tool for recruitment agencies and end clients engaging contractors under the off-payroll working rules (OPW).
“IR35 reform” and the “off-payroll working rules” are both terms used to refer to Chapter 10, Part 2 of ITEPA 2003. The rules apply to services provided in the public sector from 6th April 2017, and the private sector from 6th April 2021. In short, the rules mean that clients who hire personal service companies must assess the employment status of the worker, and the fee-payer (which could be the client or recruitment agency) must pay the relevant tax to HMRC.
Status Review has enabled over 2,800 engagers to comply with the off-payroll working rules with minimal disruption to their day-to-day business. It offers much-needed peace of mind and crucial support to both the public and private sectors.
No subscription fees and no minimum orders. Whether you need one assessment or 10,000, Status Review is available when you need it.
Although packed with features to make IR35 compliance easy, key to Status Review’s value is the unrivalled Qdos IR35 expertise and experience that you benefit from, and supporting services which really ensure you get that peace of mind feeling. Read our customer stories to find out more.
CEST is HMRC’s IR35 determination tool, Check Employment Status for Tax. It’s an optional online test which consists of a number of limited questions regarding a contractor’s IR35 status.
Despite HMRC’s confidence in CEST, and even after several iterations over the years, IR35 experts remain unconvinced by the tool’s reliability. Following a report into IR35, the House of Lords described CEST as “not fit for purpose” and said it “falls well short of what is required.”
Relying solely on CEST to assess IR35 leaves businesses without expert support, guidance and additional services that businesses need to compliantly manage IR35 reform. 83% of engaging businesses we surveyed in November 2022 chose independent assessments or combined CEST results with independent assessments, but only 17% relied solely on CEST to make their determinations.
See how Qdos Status Review compares below:
|CEST||Qdos Status Review|
|Does it include all recognised IR35
Does it provide free text fields so
|Approach||Algorithm/digital logic||Every submission is reviewed
independently by an expert
|How often is a definitive
|80%||Always - 100%|
|Does it include Tax Liability cover
for the fee-payer?
|Does this include a role
|Does it include dispute
|Are all parties included in the
|Does it encourage the contractual
chain to work together to come to
|Will there be a clear audit trail?||No - Each CEST assessment
must be saved by the user
|Yes - All assessments are
automatically saved in the
Status Review portal
|Does it include the issue of status