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Two panels to give evidence on off-payroll reform to Lords Finance Bill Committee

On Monday 24 February 2020 two panels of witnesses will give evidence on off-payroll reform to the House of Lords Finance Bill Sub-Committee.

The first panel will focus on the potential effect of the off-payroll reforms on end-clients and contractors, while the second panel looks at the experience of existing policies in the public sector, particularly in the NHS.

Giving evidence to the Committee at 3.15pm will be:

  • Abigail Agopian, Principal Tax Adviser, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
  • Lorence Noy, Senior Policy Adviser, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
  • Andrew Chamberlain, Tax Policy, Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE)
  • Julia Kermode, Chief Executive, Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA).

Questions will include:

  • How ready are businesses for the implementation of the proposed off-payroll working rules from April 2020?
  • Is the HMRC's estimate that £14.4 million will be the additional cost to business of administering the new rules correct?
  • What effect will the new rules have on the labour market and the wider economy?
  • How will the new rules affect contractors who currently operate through personal service companies (PSCs)?
  • Could the Government's policy objectives have been achieved in a better or simpler way?

Giving evidence to the Committee at 4pm will be:

  • Matthew Abrahams, Supply Chain Director, Oil and Gas UK
  • John McVay OBE, Chief Executive, Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT)
  • Dr Iain Campbell, Independent Health Professionals' Association (IHPA).

Questions will include:

  • How effective has the implementation and operation of the off-payroll rules in the public sector been?
  • Have any public sector engagers appeared reluctant to employ personal service companies following implementation of the rules?
  • How have the off-payroll rules affected different parts of the public sector?
  • The Committee has heard evidence that the introduction of the off-payroll rules in the public sector led to contractors leaving for the private sector. What will happen when the rules are extended to the private sector?

These evidence sessions, which are open to the public, will begin at 3.15pm on Monday 24 February 2020 in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

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