Government delays IR35 changes

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The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed says the government has ‘done the sensible thing’ by delaying the IR35 changes to the private sector.

The government has made the announcement that, due to the circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, HMRC will be delaying the IR35 private sector changes for a year.

The IPSE has said that they believe the government has ‘done the sensible thing’.

Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), commented on the latest development, “The government has done the sensible thing by delaying the changes to IR35 in the private sector.

“These changes have already undermined the incomes of many self-employed businesses across the UK. However, they would have done even more serious damage if they had gone ahead as planned.”

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“It is right and responsible to delay the changes to IR35 for at least a year during the Coronavirus crisis, to reduce the strain and income loss for self-employed businesses.

“This is a sensible step to limit the damage to self-employed businesses in this grave and unprecedented situation, but we also urge the government to do more. It must create an emergency Income Protection Fund to keep the UK’s crucial self-employed businesses afloat.”

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