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Government urged to prioritise tax rethink
by Susie Hughes at 16:55 10/08/17 (News on IR35)
Freelancers and contractors want the new-look Government to prioritise building a fairer tax system for the self-employed.

Freelancer service provider, Qdos Contractor, said that the Government has a 'rare' opportunity to start afresh.

This follows prolonged criticism of various Government's attitude to the freelancing community including the most recent controversial rules aimed at enforcing IR35 within the public sector.

Qdos Contractor CEO, Seb Maley, said: “Following the recent General Election, the Government has a rare opportunity to start afresh, and begin rebuilding its fractured relationship with the UK’s two million freelancers and contractors.

"While there has been focus from Government on rebalancing what they consider to be an unfair tax system, very few of the changes proposed or enforced have been beneficial to freelancers and the self-employed.

“Freelancers and the self-employed take greater risks than those in employment, and work without the security of employee benefits such as sick and holiday pay, or employer’s pension contribution.

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Recent changes to IR35 in the public sector in particular has reduced one of the benefits of freelancing and contracting. And given the vast majority of the self-employed work this way for the freedom and independence it brings, rather than to exploit the tax system, perhaps it is time for a tax rethink.

“The UK’s independent workforce is absolutely vital to the economy. So put simply, it’s in the best interests of the Government to build a tax system which allows freelancers and contractors to flourish and continue working this way, rather than making their lives more complicated.”


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