Contractor calls for IR35 TV coverage



Tina Milton

Contractor Mark Avis is calling for the help of fellow contractors to publicise the IR35 issue. He has been in contact with...



Tina Milton

Contractor Mark Avis is calling for the help of fellow contractors to publicise the IR35 issue. He has been in contact with Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman and The Right to Reply programme to raise the profile of the tax legislation on television.

The Right to Reply said it will consider the issue, while Avis said that Paxman has been trying to get the subject on the BBC for quite some time but the economic editor keeps cutting it out.

Avis said, "I think if we e-mail as many people on as many different channels as possible they may take it up. I am sick of seeing the Government saying that it is so business-friendly and flagging up the enterprise when a lot of contractors haven't been in work for a long time."

Many employers are sticking to permies rather than contractors until they see what the impact of the IR35 will be according to Avis. "If we can see 15 minutes of TV debate on the subject, someone might sit up and take notice."

Avis would like Freelance Informer readers to email the news show to convince them that the IR35 legislation is an issue worth highlighting.

The email addresses are as follows: Jeremy Paxman and righttoreply

This was last published in March 2000

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