Thursday December 5, 2019

Tax policy should segment 'freelance' workforce

Highly paid contractors are being dragged into a battle they don't want, due to the bogus self-employment crackdown

Killian Woods

Business reporter

@killianwoods
24th November, 2019
Professor Andrew Burke, Trinity Business School dean and chair of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment

What is the difference between a contractor and a vulnerable freelancer? The answer is that one is vital to the economic health of certain Irish companies, while attempts to protect the latter appear to be threatening the future of some businesses in Ireland.

There has been a clear move by the government to crack down on so-called bogus self-employment, with employers warned they face fines up to €25,000 if staff are falsely designated as self-employed.

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