Revenue backs out of IR35 dispute

Link: Revenue gives way on IR35 claim

Last week, the Revenue wrote to Accountax, the law firm representing Ian Buckley, director of Fortissimo Software Ltd, saying it would not proceed with the case against him before special commissioners. It declined to give a reason for this reversal.

As late as November, the Revenue said it would vigorously pursue its case against Buckley, which has been ongoing for the last 20 months.

Dave Smith of Accountax was quick to celebrate the decision.’Once again the Revenue jumped to conclusions to the detriment of the taxpayer and only at the threat of a hearing at the special commissioners did they review the case and reconsider their stance.’

Smith said it was the sixth IR35 dispute case it had one, and described the battle with the Revenue as a ‘war of attrition’.

PCG chairman Simon Griffiths was pleased with the outcome, but said the group continued to advice its members not to submit their contracts to the Inland Revenue under any circumstances for its opinion.

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