Dear Contractor Weekly, while I completely feel that IR35 is a counterproductive policy to help the Conservative Government further turn hard working members of the public into cash cows, I believe that any policy should be applicable to every single sector of the United Kingdom. However, I can confidently confirm that this is not the case.
I have been working for HMRC as a contractor for a number of years and when myself and other HMRC Contractors learned that this policy would greatly impact our financial responsibilities such as our mortgages, rent, children’s school fees and other bills, we gradually tendered our resignations just prior to the policy being made effective by law.
When HMRC realised that practically all of its contractors had left and that they’d need to rehire, they contacted all of its former contractors to return to work with the assurance that they would be exempt from IR35 policy. This is after they unsuccessfully advertised to replace those that had left.
We started returning to our previous positions and felt that there was indeed hope for all other contractors across the UK to avoid the negative impact of IR35.
However, we later learned that this exemption is applicable exclusively to HMRC alone in the UK.
Because of this I have decided to bring this information to your attention anonymously as it is extremely unfair and an act of betrayal on the part of HMRC.
Please get the information out there and demand that your local MP fight for equal suffering and let’s find a way to get this trigger happy government, who are hell bent of firing policy after policy, to correct their self-created economic and political hardship where we, the people, remain the victim.
Sadly, I learned over the weekend that HSBC have put policy in place to sack all its contractors come September 2019, with other banks also intending to follow suit. How is this conscionable or fair?
Should you be wondering whether this claim is accurate, I assure you that it is indeed a fact and it is my hope that once you decide to publish this article, other HMRC Contractors would also come forward anonymously so that the government and HMRC would be exposed for their malicious policy and duplicity to exempt itself from their own policy.
An HMRC spokesperson said:
“There is no exemption from the off-payroll working rules for contractors working in HMRC. The rules apply equally to HMRC, as they do any other public authority.”
This is written by an anonymous contractor and represent the views of the author and therefor do not represent the views of the publicist.
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