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Government Departments: Conditions of Employment

Treasury written question – answered on 17th July 2012.

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Photo of Brian Binley Brian Binley Conservative, Northampton South

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how often and in what circumstances Government departments will exercise their right to seek assurance that off-payroll engagees are meeting their income tax and national insurance contributions obligations; and whether this will occur for every contract or only be exercised in selected circumstances or roles;

(2) what evidence he requires an off-payroll engagee in the public sector to provide that their income tax and national insurance contributions obligations are being met.

Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

On 23 May, I announced the findings of the “Review of the Tax Arrangements of Public Sector Appointees”. This set out the extent of senior off-payroll engagements across Government and made recommendations to ensure that Government employers can assure themselves that their senior off-payroll staff are meeting their tax obligations.

It will be for Government Departments and their arm's length bodies to determine when to exercise the right to assurance. However, I have announced that the Treasury will monitor departmental implementation and report back to me after one year.

There are a number of ways in which off-payroll engagees can provide evidence that they are meeting their income tax and national insurance obligations. These include showing that they are drawing salary via a payslip, or demonstrating that they are operating the anti-avoidance intermediaries legislation known as IR35.

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