IR35 delay added to £330bn virus aid package

Chancellor Rishi Sunak joined the Prime Minister at Tuesday’s Downing Street press briefing to overhaul his £30bn Budget support package just six days after delivering it.

“I promised to do whatever it takes to support our economy through this crisis – and that if the situation changed, I would not hesitate to take further action. That is what I want to begin doing today,” said Sunak.

As well as enhancing and extending many of the measures announced last week, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay announced in the House of Commons that the government was delaying the roll-out of the new private sector IR35 regime until 1 April 2021.

While a total of £350bn has been committed to support businesses and individuals, the IR35 delay came in response to growing calls for the government to offer support to the self-employed and freelances.

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