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HM Revenue and Customs has met a number of large agencies, public sector representatives and freelancer groups to discuss the proposed new public sector IR35 rules and to comment on the latest version of HMRC’s planned new online tool.
Members of agency group APSCo voiced their frustration at what was deemed as a lack of clarity and information around the proposed public sector IR35 reforms from key members of HMRC’s employment status policy team.
The controversial freelancer tax, IR35, has hit the headlines again as about 100 BBC presenters are being investigated over whether they paid too little tax by working as freelancers rather than as staff.
Government services will be decimated if proposed reforms to IR35 in the public sector go ahead, with 80 per cent of contractors planning on abandoning the sector rather than accepting a contract inside IR35.