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The IR35 CEST Tool works really well says HMRC (oh no it doesn't!)

The IR35 CEST Tool works really well says HMRC (oh no it doesn't!)

Posted on 24th May 2019

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In this week's Computing Weekly we read that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and John Thompson, CEO of HMRC, are accused of "'refusing"' to acknowledge the 'hundreds of thousands' of grievances raised by users of the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool."

More specifically, David Chaplin, CEO of IR35 consultancy ContractorCalculator, claims that Hammond and Thomson have "brazenly disregarded the mounting evidence of CEST's irregularities while failing to provide anything credible to substantiate your own claims (that it works)."

Chaplin goes on to imply this is similar to climate change denial and that "the evidence is indisputable and right before your eyes, yet you refuse to acknowledge it."

Admittedly, the Chancellor has other things on his plate at this precise moment and, obviously, Mr Chaplin, given the nature of his business, would say that wouldn't he, but that doesn't mean that he's wrong.  As the Herald newspaper noted in their coverage of our own opinion on this subject, the taxman is not only putting a straitjacket on the contract labour market, he's also not covered himself in glory in the way he has gone about doing so.

The consultation on IR35 finishes on the 28th of June. Be-IT has commissioned a major, independent research study over the summer to investigate contractors' knowledge of and concerns about IR35 and its implications for the private sector.  More details will follow next week - watch this space!

Gareth Biggerstaff, CEO, Be-IT


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