TaxPersonal TaxLandmark battle over IR35 gets going

Landmark battle over IR35 gets going

A former policeman has begun his High Court battle with the Inland Revenue over the controversial tax law, IR35, with the backing of the Professional Contractors' Group.

Link: Trace the IR35 saga

Gordon Stutchbury, 42, from East Bolton, near Sunderland, began his appeal yesterday, in an attempt to overturn a Inland Revenue ruling that he must pay more tax under IR35.

Tax commissioners have made this decision based on their belief that Stutchbury was a ‘disguised employee’ of IT consultants EDS at the time (in 2000), despite the fact that he set up his own IT consultancy called Synaptek, and employed up to four people.

Stutchbury has paid all the tax demanded, but is appealing on the grounds that the government made assurances ‘that genuine businesses would not be affected by IR35’.

The case is the first to be brought against the Inland Revenue by an individual.

Stutchbury has the backing of the PCG, dogged campaigners against IR35 whose efforts to get the tax law scrapped ended in failure last year after numerous court cases and appeals. The PCG has, however, vowed to support members in selected cases.

Related Articles

HMRC appeal rejected in Tottenham Hotspur case

Administration HMRC appeal rejected in Tottenham Hotspur case

2w Emma Smith, Managing Editor
HMRC urged to clarify impact of income allowances on Self-Assessments

Personal Tax HMRC urged to clarify impact of income allowances on Self-Assessments

2m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
New trading allowance: simplicity, but not as we know it

Administration New trading allowance: simplicity, but not as we know it

2m Emma Rawson, ATT Technical Officer
Wealthy individuals could circumvent top tax rate rises

Personal Tax Wealthy individuals could circumvent top tax rate rises

4m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Italy grants first successful non-dom status application to former UK non-dom

Personal Tax Italy grants first successful non-dom status application to former UK non-dom

4m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Industry reaction: Taylor Review does not go far enough in addressing tax issues

Legal Industry reaction: Taylor Review does not go far enough in addressing tax issues

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Does the Taylor Review sufficiently address the gig economy?

Corporate Tax Does the Taylor Review sufficiently address the gig economy?

5m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
HMRC tax evasion assistance requests double in five years

Corporate Tax HMRC tax evasion assistance requests double in five years

5m Emma Smith, Managing Editor