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Government must address unfair IR35 rules

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Finance Bill Sub-Committee has published the findings of its inquiry into IR35 off-payroll rules. The 'Off-payroll Working: Treating People Fairly' report states that the rules are unfair and a wholesale reform of IR35 is required. The inquiry also found that the Government has overlooked the gig economy and more time should be spent analysing what impact the rules will have.

The committee has urged the Government to consider whether extending the rules to the private sector should be further delayed to prevent any additional burden on businesses recovering from the coronavirus outbreak. The committee also recommended that the Government should use the next 12 months to rethink the rules completely.

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