Government postpone reforms to the IR35 off-payroll working rules

 

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, has announced that Government is postponing reforms to the off-payroll working rules IR35, until April 2021.

 

This deferral is in response to the ongoing spread of covid-19, to limit unnecessary administrative burdens on businesses. He made clear that this is a deferral, not a cancellation, and that Government remains committed to reintroducing this policy in due course.

 

Gareth Jones, Head of Corporate Affairs at the National Pharmacy Association, said:

 

“We are pleased that the Government is postponing the reforms to the off-payroll working rules IR35 from April 2020 to 6 April 2021. This is a sensible response to the ongoing spread of Covid-19. NPA and other pharmacy bodies have long told HMRC that the IR35 changes lack clarity, so it’s good that it’s now on the back-burner”

 

 

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