PCG Welcomes MP's Move
PCG, which represents the UK's freelancers, has welcomed Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt's Early Day Motion to remove unnecessary barriers to enterprise and abolish IR35 at the earliest opportunity.
The Motion comes just weeks after the measure marked its tenth anniversary. Over the last ten years, PCG has continuously appealed to Government to admit its mistake and repeal one of Gordon Brown's most ill conceived tax laws ever.
Lorely Burt MP commented: "1.4 million freelancers in the UK are facing the perpetual threat of a costly and distressing HMRC investigation under IR35 which obliges them to spend time and money that could be better spent generating wealth for the UK economy. PCG has made me aware that of the 1,468 IR35 cases known to them, 1,462 have resulted in no extra tax being owed and there is no evidence that the tax is raising any money for the Exchequer. In light of the current economic difficulties, I support PCG and its members and have raised this EDM to press the Government to abolish IR35 at the earliest opportunity to give freelancers a fair chance."
Added John Brazier, managing director of PCG: "We are grateful to Lorely Burt MP for highlighting the issue to the House. I would urge more MPs across all parties to support the Motion to send a clear signal to Government that it must act now, acknowledge just how damaging IR35 is to freelancers and the UK economy and abolish it."