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PCG: Freelancers don't trust taxman

Contractors group calling for a legal duty of care to be placed on HMRC

Freelancers and contractors’ representative body, the
Professional Contractors Group (PCG) has
called for a legal duty of care to be placed on
HM Revenue and Customs so they cannot
perform ‘rogue investigations’.

The PCG made this demand in its formal response to HMRC’s consultations on
safeguards and compliance checks.

PCG’s policy officer John Kell said: ‘Freelancers and other small businesses
have very little trust in HMRC so it’s high time that HMRC was put under a legal
obligation not to harm peoples’ commercial interests. Many of our members have
costly and distressing experiences of dealing with HMRC, even when they owe no
tax and it’s quite wrong that HMRC can just walk away.’

The call was made just weeks after the judgment in the
Arctic Systems
case
, in which HMRC was found to have issued a wholly incorrect tax demand
for £42,000 and the owners of Arctic Systems, Geoff and Diana Jones

Further reading:

HMRC questioned over IR35 investigations

SMEs at risk from more red tape, warns PCG

Research supports review of IR35

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