IR35 has been a 'blight' to freelancers

The IR35 tax is a "cumbersome" and "ill thought out piece of legislation that has been a blight to freelance workers for over ten years".

This is the view of John Brazier, managing director of PCG, who has welcomed the government's promise in last week's Budget to review the tax on self-employed workers and small businesses.

He claimed that the tax had caused "great heartache" to many people, while providing minimal amount in revenue for HM Revenue & Customs.

"Freelancing is a growing and valuable sector of the UK's economic community," he stated.

"More and more people see the potential of freelancing as a positive and rewarding choice for their work while enhancing their lifestyle."

If the tax is abolished, more people could have the opportunity to become freelance.

In a statement released last week, the Federation of Small Businesses urged the government to promote employment by cutting taxes rather than increasing them for small firms.

Posted by Christopher Evans

Published on: June 29, 2010

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