The controversial IR35 employment legislation could soon be overhauled to provide contractors with greater clarity and understanding.
David Morris, the government’s self-employment ambassador, made the announcement following his re-appointment to the position. He said the rules were something he would “especially like to tackle”, due to their “unnecessarily complicated” nature.
Mr Morris added: “As a self-employed businessman for many years before being elected to Parliament I know only too well how complicated legislation can burden businesses. Over the last 6-8 months in the post I have enjoyed speaking to businesses both in my own constituency and nationwide about how the government can help them thrive.”
Commenting on the announcement, Juliet Byrne, ClearSky’s legal and technical director, said: “IR35 has become a complex piece of legislation and causes great confusion to many contractors across the UK.
“The lack of guidance regarding the intricacies of IR35 leads to contractors feeling that they are operating in an extremely ‘grey area’. We therefore welcome David Morris’ re-appointment and look forward to learning of progress over the coming months with regards to simplifying the legislation for our contractors.”
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