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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Off-payroll Working

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many contractors working for his Department have had their employment status assessed in relation to the new IR35 rules on off-payroll working; and how many of those staff are subject to those rules.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In Defra, we can confirm that we assess the employment status for tax purposes of every contractor according to the 2017 IR35 amendment. We are currently engaged with 634 contractors, of which 92 are currently in scope of the IR35 tax legislation.

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