Rebecca Seeley Harris LLB (Hons) LLM MSc
Rebecca started her own consultancy nearly 20 years ago when the tax initiative IR35 was announced in a press release in 1999. After a judicial review, IR35 became law in 2000 and Rebecca started advising companies on how to deal with IR35. Since then Rebecca has contiuned to advise companies both nationally and internationally on how to work with a non-standard workforce in the UK jurisdiction. She specialises in employment and tax status on all types of non-permanent positions including the self-employed, limb 'b' workers, LLP partners, personal service companies and the Construction Industry Scheme, amongst others.
What sets Rebecca apart from other advisers is that she has knowledge of both the position for tax status and for employment rights. It is essential for businesses to understand their position from both perspectives in order to understand the pit falls.
Rebecca has lectured at the London School of Economics, spoken at many professional conferences, and written many articles for the professional press. Her focus is to understand the complex case law and to be able to decipher the legislation and how it affects different companies.
Rebecca was seconded to the Office of Tax Simplification (an independent body of HM Treasury) in 2014 as a Senior Policy Adviser to advise the government on employment and tax status. Reporting direct to the Chancellor, Rebecca was part of a small team of experts who drafted the Employment Status Review (2015), she then continued to advise on the review of Small Company Taxation leading on the taxation of nano companies and the self-employed and published the Review of Small Company Taxation (2016).
As a result of that review Rebecca developed the concept of SEPA (Self-employed with Protected Assets), providing a vehicle to the self-employed to be able to protect the family home. Rebecca also recomended the setting up of and was a representative on the Cross Government Working Group on Employment Status. She then co-authored a focus paper into the taxation of the Gig Economy with John Whiting CBE in 2017.
Rebecca has a degree in Business Law with Honours, an LLM in International Commercial and Corporate Law (with Distinction) and an MSc in Experimental Psychology.