IPSE welcomes Javid IR35 pledge, but warns about April launch

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2nd December 2019

IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has welcomed Sajid Javid’s commitment to review the changes to IR35. However, it has warned parties must also pledge to halt the April 2020 roll-out of the changes.

Andy Chamberlain, Deputy Director of Policy at IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), said: “This will be welcome news to freelancers across the UK. When the changes to IR35 were introduced in the public sector, they not only stifled freelancers, but worsened staffing problems for the NHS and many other essential public sector bodies.

“Now, as April 2020 approaches, major banks and businesses – vital drivers of the UK economy – are starting to panic at the plans to extend the changes to the private sector. Some are even telling their contractors they must join as employees or stop working for them altogether. Out of fear of these changes, they are destroying their flexible workforce.

“To prevent further damage, the parties must fully commit to halting the April 2020 roll-out. Freelancers and businesses must be reassured they will not be hit by these ill-conceived and hugely harmful tax changes in Spring.

“A review is a big step in the right direction, but it must also be a full, independent review that truly listens to freelancers and the businesses that rely on them.”