More than 100 BBC presenters are facing tax bills that could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds after a former star lost her case against HMRC.
Christa Ackroyd earned more than the Prime Minister as co-host of the regional Look North programme on BBC One.
She was paid as a freelancer through a personal services company at the BBC’s request, but HMRC ruled that she should have paid the same level of tax as a BBC employee. Ms Ackroyd must now pay back £419,151.
If the current rules already catch such cases, what need for change?
And let us not forget something very important. Who is really going to face a tax bill? Well, the BBC as well, no?
For what service companies do is lower income tax a bit (the combination of corporation tax and dividend tax isn’t so different), employee national insurance disappears. But then so does employer national insurance, something with no cap at what, 13.8% of income? An amount the BBC is going to have to find, no?
This is the thing that really drove those personal service contracts and companies in the first place. BBC tax dodging.
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She added that the £419,151 figure did not take into account corporation tax she had already paid through her personal service company. She is considering an appeal.