FCSA responds to HMRC document on tax relief for the expenses of temporary workers
Commenting on today's discussion document released by HMRC about tax relief for the expenses of temporary workers, Julia Kermode, CEO of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) said: "On behalf of our members, and more importantly the contractors they support, I am concerned that the government is considering removing tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses and surprised that it believes the Exchequer is missing out on £400m in tax. FCSA will be actively participating in discussions with HMRC between now and February to ensure that policymakers understand the impact of proposals being considered, and presenting evidence to support our position.
"It is worrying that there is very little time for meaningful consultation to inform firm action at Budget 2015, however we have already conducted research on some of the issues discussed and will be able to contribute within the timeframe.
"I hope government will not unfairly penalise hardworking people who choose to be contracted at a series of temporary workplaces. Indeed, their flexibility enables businesses to be reactive and supports the economic recovery that the Chancellor is proud of."