Boris Johnson IR35 Views – Freelancers & Contractors Crucial to Economy

Boris Johnson IR35 Views
Boris Johnson IR35 Views

Boris Johnson IR35 Views

The Boris Johnson IR35 views are going to be crucial to contractors in the run up to the IR35 reforms in the private sector in April 2020. There is a new Prime minister and new Chancellor in place and so the policies may change.There is going to be an emergency budget in the Autumn when we will know more if the private sector IR35 changes will be implemented.

Contractor Questions on Boris Johnson IR35 Views

  • Who are responsible for IR35 reforms?
  • What has Chancellor Sajid Javid said about Freelancers and IR35?
  • What has Prime Minister Boris Johnson said about Contractors and IR35?

Who Are Responsible for IR35 Reforms

David Cameron and Gorge Osborne were responsible for the IR35 reforms in the public sector. Theresa May and Philip Hammond are responsible for the looming changes in the private sector. These are due to be implemented in April 2020. However, there is a budget between now and then and contractors will be lobbying hard against them. The Boris Johnson IR35 Views will be known then.

What Has Chancellor Sajid Javid Said About Freelancers and IR35

Sajid Javid has said that he wants to make IR35 fairer, quicker and simpler for the self employed. Well, he said it in 2015 in the House of Commons when asked a question on it. Let’s hope his views have not changed since.

He is from the banking profession rising to be Managing Director of Deutsche Bank. So, he will know what contractors are and how useful they are. That’s unlike David Cameron, George Osborne, Theresa May and Philip Hammond who had no practical experiences of freelancers.

The latter two said that ‘it is an anomaly that a self employed person earning £100,000 a year pays less tax than an employee earning £100,000 a year’. Sajid Javid will know this is nonsense. It’s just a case of whether he wants to do anything about it.

What Has Prime Minister Boris Johnson Said About Contractors and IR35

Well, we could find nothing he has said on IR35. However, he has expressed his views on contractors and the self employed.

When he was Mayor of London he said:-

“In an increasingly competitive global economy, a nimble footed workfoce is essential.

“We re teeming with talented freelancers providing flexibility and specialist expertise. This is helping organisations remain innovative and agile which is vital.

“I have no doubt self employment will be an increasingly important feature of our economy”.

Recently he said:-

“It is clearly the case that access to a diverse pool of freelancers is going to help businesses of all sizes to remain lean and efficient, and help them grow.

“In addition, becoming a freelancer is obviously an attractive employment option for many people.”

So, at least we know that he understands freelancers and the importance of a flexible workforce to the economy.

And hopefully soon we will know the Boris Johnson IR35 views.

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