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REC responds to government consultation on off-payroll working in the private sector

The government has released its consultation on off-payroll working in the private sector. Commenting on the consultation REC Director of Policy Tom Hadley says:

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“We support the government’s efforts to improve compliance and ensure everyone pays the right amount of tax but are concerned that the government wants to proceed with reforms which would cause significant upheaval to private sector employers and recruiters. This consultation is a good opportunity to rectify issues such as those with the CEST tool which have been flagged by recruiters.” 

“We are pleased to see the government acknowledge that the public sector needed more time to prepare and adapt to the public sector changes. The government needs to learn from this and ensure that there is sufficient time for the implementation of any reforms, introducing changes in April 2019 would be premature. We do not want to see a repeat of the public sector chaos. We look forward to gathering members views and representing our industry on this issue over the coming months.”