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The political parties' views on IR35...

The political parties' views on IR35...

Posted on 4th December 2019

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Again, we're indebted to Stewart at M&S Accountancy & Taxation for keeping us up to speed with what's going on with IR35.  Here, he summarises the main UK political parties' thoughts on IR35 and the private sector.  With the caveat that there is an election and therefore politicians will promise anything, it does look as if the pressure to garner votes, especially from the growing number of self-employed, if making the politicos have second thoughts...  Let's hope so!

Gareth Biggerstaff

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During the run-up to the election, the main political parties have indicated that a review of IR35 may be on the cards.

At a recent pre-election small business debate organised by IPSE and ICAEW, Bill Esterson, Labour’s shadow small business minister, said that if elected, the party would halt the roll-out of the changes to IR35 into the private sector next April.

Esterson said at the event: ‘We absolutely can’t see it rolled out into the private sector the way things are at the moment.’

For his part, in a weekend interview with BBC Radio 4 programme Moneybox, Chancellor Sajid Javid said there would be a review of IR35 and when challenged, said that this could take place before April 2020.

‘We’ve already said that we’re on the side of self-employed people. We will be having a review and I think it makes sense to include IR35 in that review,’ he said.

The LibDem manifesto includes a commitment to ‘review recent proposals to change the IR35 rules.'

Stewart McKinnon, Director, M&S Accountancy and Taxation

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