Gary Lineker wins £4.9 million tax battle with HMRC

Gary Lineker has gained his £4.9 million tax battle with HMRC.

The Match Of The Day host was instructed by the taxman he ought to have been classed as an worker of the BBC and BT Sport for his presenting duties, fairly than as a freelancer.

The tax authorities pursued him for £4.9 million it claimed ought to have been paid on revenue acquired between 2013 and 2018.

It comes as a part of laws often called IR35, designed to clampdown on tax avoidance by so-called disguised staff, who cost for his or her companies by way of restricted corporations.

All through proceedings the presenter, 62, insisted all taxes have been paid on the revenue by way of a partnership arrange in 2012 together with his ex-wife Danielle Bux.

Tribunal Choose John Brooks discovered the IR35 laws didn’t apply as a result of there have been direct contracts between the presenter and each the BBC and BT Sport.

The tribunal discovered that whereas Gary Lineker Media (GLM), which he arrange together with his then spouse in 2012, was a partnership to which IR35 laws applies, the enchantment was nonetheless dismissed in full as a result of contracts existed.

The decide stated: “As a matter of legislation, when Mr Lineker signed the 2013 BBC Contract, the 2015 BBC Contract and the BT Sport Contract for the supply of his companies, he did in order principal thereby contracting immediately with the BBC and BT Sport.

“As such, the intermediaries laws can’t apply – it’s only relevant ‘the place companies are supplied not underneath a contract immediately between shopper and the employee’.

“On this case Mr Lineker’s companies have been supplied underneath direct contracts with the BBC and BT Sport.

“Though such a conclusion would possibly seem inconsistent with my conclusions that the intermediaries laws can apply to partnerships… that’s not the case.”

HMRC has 56 days to enchantment to the Higher Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) if it needs to take action.

In response to the information, Waqar Shah, Tax Disputes companion at legislation agency Kingsley Napley LLP, says: “IR35 is such a wide-ranging regime with lack of readability embedded within the guidelines that it’s unsurprising it’s more and more an space for dispute with HMRC. Regardless of the under-resourcing challenges it faces, HMRC is within the technique of contacting increasingly organisations and people with respect to their IR35 compliance. They’ve in depth powers to assert backdated Revenue Tax and NICs, assess for curiosity and subject penalties so investigations are to not be taken flippantly. Nonetheless in the present day’s win by Gary Lineker reveals that HMRC isn’t at all times proper. Till the federal government places reform of IR35 again on the agenda, we are going to proceed to see excessive profile disputes of this nature.”

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