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 earnings obtained between 2013 and 2018.

It comes as a part of laws generally known as IR35, designed to clampdown on tax avoidance by so-called disguised workers, who cost for his or her providers by way of restricted firms.

All through proceedings the presenter, 62, insisted all taxes have been paid on the earnings by way of a partnership arrange in 2012 along 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 along with his then spouse in 2012, was a partnership to which IR35 laws applies, the attraction was nonetheless dismissed in full as a result of contracts existed.

The choose mentioned: “As a matter of legislation, when Mr Lineker signed the 2013 BBC Contract, the 2015 BBC Contract and the BT Sport Contract for the availability of his providers, 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 providers are offered not below a contract immediately between shopper and the employee’.

“On this case Mr Lineker’s providers have been offered below direct contracts with the BBC and BT Sport.

“Though such a conclusion may seem inconsistent with my conclusions that the intermediaries laws can apply to partnerships… that isn’t the case.”

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

In response to the information, Waqar Shah, Tax Disputes associate 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 means of contacting increasingly organisations and people with respect to their IR35 compliance. They’ve intensive powers to say backdated Revenue Tax and NICs, assess for curiosity and situation penalties so investigations are to not be taken flippantly. Nevertheless at this time’s win by Gary Lineker reveals that HMRC isn’t all the time proper. Till the federal government places reform of IR35 again on the agenda, we’ll proceed to see excessive profile disputes of this nature.”

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