APSCo welcomes government crackdown on bogus self-employment through intermediaries
Responding to the announcement, APSCo’s Head of External Relations, Samantha Hurley says, “When we spoke to HMRC last week it was clear that it did not wish to stop genuinely self-employed individuals from working through intermediaries. It appears, from reviewing the proposed changes published this week, that HMRC is using “control, direction and supervision” as its key criteria for judging self-employment, and where none of these are present the new proposals will not apply. However, in situations where the worker does meet the conditions of the new proposals they will have to be treated as an employee of the intermediary engaging them”.
“Whilst APSCo wholeheartedly supports Government legislation which stops tax avoidance, it is imperative that such initiatives do not have any unintended consequences which could damage the flexible staffing sector. We do not believe that the specific practices that HMRC is wishing to curb are prevalent in the professional recruitment industry, however we will be engaging fully with our members to ensure that all consequences are fully explored. APSCo will be responding accordingly to the Government’s consultation on this proposal which will run until February 2014.”
Full details on the Government’s proposed new legislation can be found on the APSCo website.