PCG Chairman, Chris Bryce, has been invited to join the Coalition Government’s Office of Tax Simplification’s (OTS) Consultative Committee that will review small business taxation, including IR35. Since its inception in 1999, PCG has campaigned against IR35.
Accepting the invitation to join the OTS committee, Mr Bryce expressed his delight that the UK’s 1.4m freelance workers would be represented:
“PCG worked tirelessly with the Conservatives in opposition to ensure that a review of IR35 would be carried out following the expected change of Government at this year’s General Election. We produced a paper for senior members of the Party which put forward compelling arguments as to why IR35 was unfair and unworkable. We also worked closely with the Liberal Democrats at this time.
Our paper has been seen by John Whiting, the Director of the OTS, with whom we have maintained a good relationship over many years. We are delighted that he recognised the importance of having PCG, the Voice of Freelancing, on this vital committee.”
Mr. Bryce added: “This is a crucial time for freelancers. PCG will continue to offer the OTS every resource available to us and we will be advised by leading tax expert, Chris Sanger, from Ernst and Young. It is our objective that this process will produce a fair and effective solution for all small businesses.”
John Brazier, PCG Managing Director echoed those sentiments saying:
“PCG is a not-for-profit association and as such our views will not be influenced by commercial gain. We are on this committee to represent the needs of our members and we will strive to do this fairly and accurately.”
The OTS will be holding consultation events in locations around the country. At least two of these, currently planned for Edinburgh and Manchester, will be exclusively for PCG members. In addition PCG will organise their own regional meetings to ensure that the widest possible input is gathered from its membership.
Mr Brazier added: “By harnessing the views of our members we can deliver the true voice of the freelancer directly to the heart of the decision making process.”
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