Verdict on IR35 remains ‘solid’

The PCG announced it would appeal the decision on Tuesday and continues to claim the unpopular tax measure is illegal under European law.

But John Whiting, a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, indicated the PCG’s effort is unlikely to succeed.

‘This doesn’t surprise me but I still feel they will be stuck with the decision that they got,’ he told

‘I can’t see the court overturning it,’ he added.

Another expert said that apart from some criticism of the Inland Revenue, the High Court ‘robustly’ supported the government’s ‘sovereign’ right to introduce IR35.

The PCG, however, this week stood by its decision to appeal against March’s High Court ruling. ‘It wasn’t a ruling in which there was no light for the PCG,’ said Susie Hughes, group spokesperson. ‘We’ve always felt we have a good case.’


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