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24 April 2018
Issue: 4644 / Categories: Forum & Feedback

Correspondence from readers on topical subjects.

The Ackroyd case and IR35 reform

In their excellent respective articles on the Christa Ackroyd Media case (TC6334) both Robert Maas (1 March 2018 page 8) and Mike Truman (29 March) make many valid points as to the relationship real and hypothetical that Ms Ackroyd was said to have with the BBC. I do however think it is important to understand the context of this case rather than focus too much on the detail.

Mr Truman thinks the case was carefully selected as a forerunner of a planned approach from HMRC. Given the speculation that the public sector IR35 debacle is due to be imposed on the private sector either from April 2019 or 2020 commentators are divided it would be very difficult to disagree with him.

HMRC’s history in dealing with contractors is woeful. All of those who used ‘schemes’ as...

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