ELA Response to proposals for practical tax reporting and payment arrangements for self employed workers

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Office of Tax Simplifcation (OTS) has published its third paper on the platform economy and tax in which it suggests how to simplify and improve the tax experience of the increasing number of individuals who work on a self employed basis through online platforms.

This paper follows the OTS’s focus paper on the Gig economy published on 2 December 2016, and an update to that paper published on 22 June 2017.

The consultation is at a high policy level and will not involve consideration of specific proposals at this stage.

Further information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ots-suggests-paye-equivalent-for-online-platform-workers

ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee will be responding to the consultation and would like to invite ELA members to join the working party which will draft our response. We welcome applications from all members, including junior lawyers i.e. NQs to 3 PQE. The working party will be chaired by Jonathan Chamberlain, Gowling WLG. The OTS would welcome the opportunity to hear from those who have an interest.by 30 August, so volunteers will need to have availability during August  to work on ELA’s response.

Please reply by 5pm on 6 August 2019, if you are interested in being involved.

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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