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HMRC invites APSCo to join the newly formed IR35 Forum

HMRC invites APSCo to join the newly formed IR35 Forum
The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has been invited by HM Revenue & Customs to join its newly formed IR35 Forum.
APSCo has led recruitment industry lobbying on IR35 since its inception in 1999. APSCo successfully lobbied for changes to the draft legislation, which were adopted by the Government before IR35 came into force, and has been putting the concerns of recruiters and contractors on IR35 to the Government ever since.
The IR35 Forum was created following the Governments decision in the 2011 Budget to retain IR35 in its current form. The Office of Tax Simplification had considered abolishing the IR35 legislation, but rejected the idea on the grounds that it would put substantial revenue at risk.  The Government is, however, committed to making clear improvements in the way that IR35 is administered. 
Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, comments: As the industry body that represents recruitment firms that engage a high proportion of self-employed individuals in the UK, it is important that we take a front seat in these discussions.
The Government has taken the view that as far as IR35 is concerned its better the devil you know. Some of the alternative proposals were unsatisfactory, but with the decision taken to retain IR35 its important that steps are taken to drastically improve the implementation of this law.
HMRC has highlighted a number of areas where potential improvements can be made, but has made it clear that the only issue outside of the scope of the Forums discussions is any change to the actual legislation.
Ann Swain says: We appreciate the desire amongst the professional contracting community for clarity regarding IR35, and we expect that this Forum will deliver real improvements.


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