Readers throw support behind IR35 campaigner.

Opposition to the government’s IR35 legislation was boosted this week as Accountancy Age readers threw their support behind Anne Redston for her ceaseless campaigning against the controversial tax policy.

Redston came out top to bag the Accountancy Age Awards’ headline accolade – Personality of the Year – in a closely contested battle against high profile personalities like Arthur Levitt and Peter Wyman.

In a debate that has raged for over a year, Redston has earned respect from both government and business for her clear-cut arguments opposing the contentious legislation.

IR35, which came into effect at the start of the tax year this April, has stripped many freelancers working through their own companies of previously held tax advantages. The government intended the tax change to stop individuals transferring from a full-time job to the same post as a freelancer and paying less tax.

The Professional Contractors Group last month won the first round in a legal battle to bring down the new tax regime when a High Court hearing granted permission to carry out a judicial review of IR35.

Redston, an Ernst & Young partner since 1996, has recently published a book – IR35: Personal Services Companies – aimed at helping those tackling the changes.

In the introduction to her book, Redston said: ‘If we truly had a tax system where everyone paid ‘their fair share’, IR35 would have been unnecessary.

‘The true anomaly in the UK system is the unfair tax burden on employment, not the existence of personal service companies.’

Role call of excellence, page 4

Awards in full, page 18.

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