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Newsletter 471: No good news for freelancers in the Autumn Statement
by Newsletter Editor at 10:20 25/11/16 ( Shout99 Newsletter)
This week's Autumn Statement left freelancers feeling decidedly 'got at', as several measures announced and in the pipeline seem to impact negatively on the flexible economy.
The Government dashed the hopes of freelancers workers and their advisers when they announced that - despite best lobbying efforts - they would go ahead with the controversial off-payroll rules for freelancers in the public sector.

The proposal to make agents and possibly clients responsible for determining the employment status of contractors had met with almost universal condemnation from the sector. It was hoped that the Government would reconsider.

However, the Autumn Statement made it clear that there would be no change of heart and that the Government would press ahead with the clampdown. Furthermore there was a sting in the tail with the additional news that the Government would also be abolishing the five per cent tax-free allowance, originally brought in as an IR35 'sweetener', for those working in the private sector.

There was also concern about another announcement involving changes to the way in which the Flat Rate VAT Scheme operates which will add another layer of complexity for many freelancers.

Together with another proposed look at tax and the self-employed, freelancers were feeling decidedly short of seasonal goodwill when the Chancellor sat down after his first - and last - Autumn Statement.
More information and comment about the Autumn Statement is available in Shout99's Political News section.

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