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By PaperRocket Accounting, May 21 2020 11:26AM

Back in March, when it became clear that the Covid-19 pandemic was going to dramatically alter the employment landscape, the government announced a postponement of the much maligned IR35 reform in the private sector that was due to come into action on 6th April 2020.


Then, in April, the House of Lords’ published their review of the proposed changes stating that the reform is plagued with ‘problems’, ‘unfairness’ and ‘unintended consequences’.


As a result, former Brexit secretary David Davis MP tabled a Finance Bill amendment to delay the reform to 2023/24 instead. Mr Davis believed that due to the findings of the House of Lords’ review, the government needed to ‘devote the time to analysing’ the recommendations of the review. He, and other supporting MPs (such as Ed Davey MP and Meg Hillier MP) believe that a year’s delay simply is not long enough as ‘the effects of the pandemic are going to be felt for considerably longer’.


However, on Tuesday 19th May, Labour declined to vote on the amendment, making a vote redundant and meaning that the Finance Bill passed without division, in turn, meaning that the IR35 reform is still set to go ahead in April 2021.


Jesse Norman, financial secretary to the Treasury, said that delaying the reform would have ‘very significant drawbacks’ for the UK, with a ‘significant fiscal cost’, and refused to entertain the idea of any sort of delay.


However, David Davis has apparently not given up, tweetingWe were unable to vote on my #IR35 amendment this afternoon as the House authorities did not select it. However, Labour were supporting the Government anyway, so we could not win - this time. Watch this space.



PaperRocket Accounting provide accounting and tax services to professional contractors and freelancers working in the UK.


We offer our clients a flexible choice of fixed fee monthly packages which cover all of their accounting and tax needs (so no hidden costs or surprise bills!). All of our accounting packages include a monthly subscription for a cloud accounting software subscription provided by the awarding winning FreeAgent.


Each of our clients is given their own dedicated qualified accountant with unlimited access in person, telephone, or by email.


We pride ourselves on our client satisfaction and customer service and were awarded 'Welwyn Hatfield Business of the Year 2019' in the SME Hertfordshire awards. We were also runners up and 'Highly Commended' for 'Best Contractor Accountant 2019' in The Contracting Awards, 'Small Practice of the Year 2016' in the AccountingWEB practice excellence awards, as well as FSB Hertfordshire Service Excellence finalists in 2015 and 2016.


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