Off-payroll working rules delayed by a year
The start date for new HMRC off-payroll tax rules has been pushed back by one year due to coronavirus.
Chief secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay told the House of Commons last night: “I can also announce that the government are postponing the reforms to the off-payroll working rules IR35 from April 2020 to 6th April 2021.”
He added: “This is a deferral in response to the ongoing spread of covid-19 to help businesses and individuals. This is a deferral, not a cancellation, and the government remain committed to reintroducing this policy to ensure that people who are working like employees, but through their own limited company, pay broadly the same tax as those employed directly.”
The new IR35 rules are designed to address perceived tax abuses associated with off-payroll working.