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REC joins Governments IR35 Forum

REC joins Governments IR35 Forum
 
The REC has been invited to sit on the IR35 Forum, the independent body being created to scrutinise HMRCs new approach to administering the IR35 rules which affect independent contractors.
 
This invitation follows on from the significant role the REC played in the Office of Tax Simplification's review on IR35 reform ahead of this year's Budget. The Chancellors decision in March was to leave IR35 in place, but to push HMRC to administer the rules far more effectively.
 
The IR35 forum is being created to monitor how HMRC improves its implementation of IR35. Taking part will allow the REC to take a leading role in evaluating HMRC's approach, highlight the concerns of its members directly to government, and keep members informed of any changes as they approach.
 
Welcoming the news, Jeff Brooks, Chair of the REC Technology sector group, said:
 
"Taking part in this forum will allow the REC to push for real, substantive change in how IR35 works. We have to find a way to focus the system on the rare cases of actual disguised employment, and make sure that the vast majority of contractors who have done nothing wrong dont have to worry about being subjected to a HMRC investigation or tribunal that could last years."
 
"It has always been the complexity of the rules and the uncertainty they create, that has made the system unacceptable for contractors and the recruiters that find them work. This has also wasted countless hours of tax officials time, and it is in the interests of all sides to find a quicker, more efficient way to crack down on the few real instances of false self-employment.

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