Review of Off-Payroll Working Rules (IR35)

In 2019 a good number of residents contacted me raising concerns about the off-payroll working rules and how they or their business could be affected.

Today the Government has launched a review of changes to the off-payroll working rules with the aim of addressing concerns from businesses and individuals affected as well as how to ensure that any changes which are introduced are done so smoothly.

The review hopes to determine if any further steps can be taken to ensure that the reforms due to take place in April 2020 need any further steps to ensure that implementation does not negatively affect people who are doing the right thing.

Additionally the Government is also set to launch a separate review to separate review to explore how the Government can best support the self employed, from broadband and making taxes easier to boosting access to finance.  Although the off-payroll rules do not affect the self-employed, it was clear as concerns were raised that the self employed are seeking more Governmental support.

Finally HMRC will continue their programme of education and support activities to help customers prepare for the introduction of the rules in April 2020.

I am pleased that the Chancellor has kept to his election commitment of offering a review of the proposed changes.  I will be keeping a close eye on the matter as it progresses.