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Don’t up tax on temps, group demands

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Recruitment experts have called on HMRC to shelve proposals to add extra taxation on the provision of temporary workers in sectors such as social work, healthcare and education.

Responding to the Revenue’s consultation on the review of the VAT concessions on the supply of temps, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said introducing extra taxes would prove damaging for employers and employees alike.

Tom Hadley, REC director of external relations, said: “The extra taxation would make recruitment costs prohibitive for employers and would limit the opportunities and flexibility that temporary work provides for thousands of workers in the UK.

“It is crucial that the government takes on board the submissions from business organisations such as REC and does not underestimate the effect that withdrawing current concessions would have on the national labour market.”

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