IR35 rears its ugly head again

Parliament has resumed following the Easter break and the latest IR35 provisions are on the Order Paper for next Monday (27 April). The government intends to get the IR35 legislation through as part of this year’s Finance Bill, which has its Second Reading next week, though the rules will not take effect until April 2021.


We want you to get in touch with your MP now and draw their attention to the inherent unfairness of seeking to impose notoriously controversial tax rules at a time when contractors are reeling from the economic impact of Covid-19.

Limited Company Directors have so far been largely excluded from the Covid-19 support packages unveiled in recent weeks. Now the government wants to lock in changes to the IR35 rules that heap further misery on them, if and when they emerge from the current crisis. Some MPs may not be aware the IR35 provisions are included in the Bill and, as things stand, it is likely to pass second reading without a vote. IPSE is calling on MPs to contact the Speaker and request a vote. We’d like you to do the same.

If you don’t know who your MP is you can find out here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/ Please then use email or twitter to contact them and let them know that you would like them to flag these provisions with the Speaker.

The Coronavirus crisis has highlighted just how much of a risk contractors take by working in the way they do. No sick pay, no unfair dismissal rights, and now no income protection. The last thing these businesses will need as they (hopefully) get back on their feet in the months ahead is to be hit with this disastrous legislation. Please help us to highlight the unfairness of this by contacting your MP.

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