Does David Davis MP have the government in check-mate?
Tomorrow, Tuesday 19th May could be a landmark day for interim practitioners in the UK. Especially those in the private sector. The Finance Bill comes before the House of Commons and David Davis, MP, has tabled a motion to delay the Off Payroll (IR35) Regulations to 2023.
There is much chatter about what might happen as a result of the amendment, assuming it is not withdrawn.
It could be defeated of course, and the current regulations for implementation from April 2021 remain.
It could be just defeated which might give the government enough food for thought to consider at least some modification (Like removing the ‘officer question from the CEST tool).
It could pass, which would require a rebellion of over 40 Conservative MPs. In which case, there would be much more time for the government to look for a more sane approach to taxation for interims and freelancers in general.
Can the Government’s 20 year direction of travel be changed?
The whips could recognise that the government might be defeated if the amendment goes ahead. This would be a major embarrassment and might result in the government accepting that a change should be agreed to and applied. What this might be could be anything of course.
If you want to make a contribution, contact you MP and express your concern over the destruction of the sector, the rank unfairness of the proposals and the opportunity to really support small business where it counts.
Ask them to make it easy to get your vote!