IPSE urges new Chancellor to stick to off-payroll repeal commitment

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IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has today responded to the news that Jeremy Hunt has taken over as Chancellor of the Exchequer. The association, which represents those who work for themselves in the UK, has warned the government must stick to its commitment to repeal the 2017 and 2021 reforms to IR35.

Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE said: “We look forward to working with Jeremy Hunt and we will be impressing upon him the need to better support the UK’s 4.3 million self-employed. He can send a clear signal that he intends to do just that by reaffirming the commitment made by the outgoing Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, to repeal the damaging reforms to IR35.

Corporation Tax

Chamberlain continued: “It is disappointing that the government has decided to U-turn on the Corporation Tax announcement. Increasing Corporation Tax will inevitably put more pressure on the businesses we rely on to drive growth, however, we are pleased that there are measures in place which will ensure our smallest businesses will be less severely impacted.”

The announcement that the 2017 and 2021 reforms are to be repealed means that from 6 April 2023, contractors will once again be responsible for assessing the tax status of their engagements, as was the case pre-reform. However, with this responsibility also comes the associated tax liability if HMRC disagrees with an engagement’s status.

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