Let\’s be clear: I am quite sure all the newspapers jumping up and down about this issue at the BBC pay many of their \”staff\” as contractors.
There are four problems that follow. The first is that this is always done for better-paid staff: the impression that tax avoidance is for the well-off is reinforced. This is a divided country.
Seriously, an international tax expert who has freelanced for the British newspapers for a decade now really should know this.
There\’s a special scheme for newspaper freelances. Sure, the fee gets paid gross by BACS or the like. And then a copy of that is sent off to HMRC. In a way that almost no other payments in the economy are.
There\’s a specific and exact scheme in place for the industry to make sure that freelancers don\’t dodge…..