Interesting article in Mondays FT – Bloomsbury publishing have done a FOI request to HMRC re levels of IR35 compliance activity. This reveals:
~ the number of enquires increased from 23 to 59 last year (presumably 11-12 v 10-11)
~ yield increased from £219k to £1.25m
Cleary a greater yield will come form voluntary compliance – people who have decided to err on the side of caution and pay tax under IR35, and without that detail the statistics are of limited use.
However my initial reaction is one of surprise at how low the figures are.