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Government announces review into IR35 but will it go far enough?

7 January saw the government launch a review into the off-payroll working rules known as IR35 which are due to come into effect on 6 April 2020.

We have spoken extensively about the new rules and their implications and to view our most recent article visit https://www.cowgills.co.uk/news/impact-of-ir35-reforms-on-construction-businesses/

While the announcement of this review will come as welcome news for some, it’s feared that it won’t go far enough.

The review will gather information from affected individuals and businesses, with the government saying it aims to address concerns about how the IR35 rules will be implemented and to ensure that changes in April are as smooth as possible.

The government aims to conclude the review by mid-February, will determine if any further steps can be taken to smoothly implement the reforms. A separate review will assess whether any additional support is needed to ensure that the self-employed, who aren’t within the scope of IR35 rules, are not impacted.

This should include improving access to finance and credit, making the taxation system easier to navigate and consideration of how better broadband could boost remote working opportunities.

We look forward to the results of the review and of course we will keep you updated as soon as they are announced.


The information was correct at time of publishing but may now be out of date.

Posted by Cowgills
31st January, 2020
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