Contractors’ group content with IR35 ruling

Despite today’s High Court judgement that the IR35 tax rules should remain in place, anti-IR35 body the Professional Contractors Group said the case has changed the IR35 landscape.

Judge Mr Justice Burton laid down guidelines to accompany the implementation of IR35, which have gone some way to appeasing contractors opposed to the legislation.

PCG chairman Gareth Williams said outside the court: “I can’t overstate enough the significance of these changes. The landscape of IR35 has changed. It will now be easier for our members to show they are genuine businesses.”

While Williams admitted he would have preferred to see IR35 completely removed from the statute book, he appeared content with the ruling for the moment.

Leave to appeal against the decision was refused and the PCG is expected to pay the Inland Revenue’s legal costs.

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