Crowd Funded Challenge to IR35 Reform Hits its Target

IT contractor Mike Gibson, who intends to challenge the recent reform of IR35 in the Public Sector, now has the funds he needs to proceed. At the time of writing his Just Giving page shows a total of £11,230, comfortably over his target of £10,500. Mr. Gibson can now instruct tax barrister Michael Paulin to begin research into whether the IR35 reforms can be challenged, and on what grounds.

Speaking to Contractor UK, Mr. Gibson said “Anything we have left over will be used to fund the next stage of the challenge. I’m completely overwhelmed that we have hit our target so quickly.”

Mr. Gibson describes the reform as “discriminatory and vindictive” and he says people are losing their livelihoods, their homes, and relationships are breaking down under the pressure. He also says he’s “incredibly grateful” for the support he’s received so far.

This “overwhelming” response is an illustration of exactly how unpopular the Public Sector reform of IR35 is. Even though the exercise is in the “research and analysis” stage at the moment, many stakeholders will clearly be watching with interest as the story develops.

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