Latest News - Tories To Review Ir35 Legislation If They Win On 6th May
Tuesday Apr 6
IR35 Review would be a priority for 'Office of Tax Simplification'
Tories to review IR35 legislation if they win on 6th May
The Conservative Party has announced today that IR35 will be reviewed as part of an overall review of small business taxation should they win the General Election on 6th May.
In a letter to Chris Bryce, PCG Chairman, the Shadow Business Minister, Mark Prisk MP said that due to PCG’s strong representations to him and to Shadow Treasury Ministers that “a Conservative Government would undertake a fundamental review of small business taxation matters, including IR35.”
The Conservative’s would set IR35 as a priority for a newly established Office of Tax Simplification. This body will be made up of tax experts with whom PCG would work closely.
Prisk went on: “…we recognise and value the contribution of freelancers and we are well aware of the way in which the current Government has treated them. We want to deal with this problem comprehensively, in a way which provides us all with a lasting solution, not a short term fix.”
Commenting on behalf of PCG, Chris Bryce said:
“This shows that the Conservative Party has been listening to and understanding the messages that PCG has given them. We believe this solution has the potential to lead to a fairer and more workable tax regime for the vast majority of those who work freelance. PCG, however, will not be complacent. It will continue to make the strongest possible representations to any Government of whatever colour after the election to remove IR35 which is a grossly unfair and badly drafted piece of legislation.”
IR35 has, since 1999, caused a real headache for interim workers and any changes which either simplify the taxation process or make it more attractive to the interim community are certainly welcome . There are 1.4 million interim freelance workers in the UK who contribute £21 billion to the economy.
Source: www.curiousinterim.co.uk - 31 March 2010
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