PCG seeks candidates' views on business tax

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The Professional Contractors Group has called for the abolition of the IR35 legislation and a "reversal" of HMRC's stance on taxation of "ordinary husband-and-wife companies".

The PCG said it is asking all parliamentary candidates for their views on a range of issues affecting freelance workers. The questions are based on a recent telephone survey of 186 PCG members, in which half the respondents said they wanted IR35 to be abolished and another 40% wanted it reformed.

Nearly three quarters of respondents wanted a statutory right to "abdicate" employment rights and declare self-employment status, in return for the more favourable tax treatment afforded to the self-employed.

PCG chairman Simon Juden said government...

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