The Chancellor had advised on 30th November 2019 that Government had intentions to review the IR35 Private Sector Reforms that were planned to be rolled out in April 2020. The review, announced on Tuesday 7th January, will aim to address concerns from the businesses and individuals affected by its implementation, whilst a separate review will also be carried out to assess the need for additional support to ensure the self-employed that are outside of the scope of the reforms are not impacted. This review will include improving access to finance and credit, making the tax system easier to navigate and examining how better broadband can encourage home-working.
Jesse Norman, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, stated: “We recognise that concerns have been raised about the forthcoming reforms to the off-payroll working rules.
“The purpose of this consultation is to make sure that the implementation of these changes in April is as smooth as possible.”
The review, which is set to conclude mid-February will encompass a series of roundtables with stakeholder’s representative of those impacted by the reform, including contractor groups, and both medium and large-sized businesses, intended to better understand how the Government can ensure for smooth implementation.
As originally suspected, the review is not asking the question of whether the reforms should go ahead, but rather how best to implement them when they do come into force in April 2020. As such, more than anything this review should be regarded as a further confirmation that the reforms will arrive in April 2020, rather than as an indication that they may be delayed or cancelled outright. Our advice, therefore, is that stakeholders must continue to prepare accordingly.
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