Oral Answers to Questions Debate

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Department: HM Treasury

Oral Answers to Questions

Joseph Johnson Excerpts
Tuesday 21st May 2019

(1 year, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mel Stride Portrait Mel Stride - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 May 2019, 11:39 a.m.

I have made it very clear, as have the Government, over a long period of time—at least since 2016 when these measures were first brought into effect, which is before I arrived in my current position—that our policy is our policy and that we will not change that policy. For those who have been involved in this form of aggressive and contrived tax avoidance, the recommendation is very clear: the best thing to do is to speak to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and come to a sensible and reasonable arrangement for repayment.

Joseph Johnson (Orpington) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
21 May 2019, 11:40 a.m.

I understand the Minister’s sincere desire to tackle disguised remuneration and thank him for always being available to discuss my constituents’ concerns. However, something has clearly gone very wrong with the operation of the loan charge and now, too, I fear with the roll-out of IR35 to the private sector. Will the Minister commit please to pause both the loan charge and the roll-out of IR35 to the private sector until my constituents’ concerns have been fully addressed?

Mel Stride Portrait Mel Stride - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 May 2019, 11:40 a.m.

IR35 is often raised in the context of the loan charge, but it is a completely unrelated matter. IR35 is about making sure that those who are effectively employed by other businesses are treated as employees for tax purposes, and that is only right and proper. The loan charge is about putting right the situation of this aggressive tax avoidance.