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Health professionals flag up more IR35 worries

The Independent Health Professionals Association (IHPA) raised IP35 concerns in the written evidence it submitted to the Finance Bill Sub-Committee’s inquiry into the 2018 draft Finance Bill.

Within the written evidence, the following statement was made:

“Tens of thousands are being forced into false employment without employment rights by Mel Stride MP’s IR35 reforms, and particularly the fact that they make it ‘risky’ to allow people to be outside IR35.”

The association, which includes doctors and other medical professionals, points out that the data produced by the Office of National Statistics shows a 20,000 drop in the number of self-employed doctors in the UK. The IHPA states that there are colleagues are getting caught up in loan schemes. Some NHS trusts are turning to direct engagement vehicles, which result in taxes being passed onto the worker. Within the written evidence paper the IHPA said that some dietitians were even paying the apprenticeship levy.

The paper stated that there was some evidence that other large UK organisations were taking a similar approach to the NHS. For many contractors, this type of news is very worrying – understanding the IR35 regulations and whether they are self-employed or a contractor is not a simple matter.

It is all too easy to be forced down the IR35 path, even when it may not be necessary. Fortunately, Liverpool accountancy firms like Wainwrights are taking extra steps to help their clients to successfully navigate the system. They are offering their clients an exclusive £50 off membership of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) membership, which offers legal support, tax defence and a range of other services.

To receive this discount, simply enter the code wainwrights50 when applying for membership on the IPSE website.

Posted by Louise
November 23, 2018

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