Threats hit IR35 debate.

Security officers watched over a seminar on IR 35 at the English ICA this week after concerns emerged that contractors might disrupt the meeting.

Sarah Walker, head of the Revenue’s IR 35 team, spoke at the meeting organised by the London Society of Chartered Accountants and attended by around 200 members and contractors. Concerns also arose after threatening comments, made before Monday’s event, were posted during an online debate about IR 35.

During the evening, designed to offer advice for dealing with the controversial tax measure, Walker told assembled contractors and accountants that there was no sign consultants were leaving the country as a result of financial pressures caused by IR 35.

‘I hear anecdotal evidence of people going abroad. But I don’t think government has seen evidence as yet of a significant number of people going abroad.’ Despite the LSCA’s fears, the evening was subdued.

On Monday the Professional Contractor’s Group will attempt to get leave to seek a Judicial Review of IR 35. IR35 resource centre

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