Former England striker-turned TV soccer presenter Gary Lineker is dealing with a £5m tax declare from HM Earnings & Customs (HMRC), courtroom paperwork display.
The taxman believes, consistent with the papers launched forward of a tax tribunal, that the big name owes £3,621,735.90 in source of revenue tax and £1,307,160.46 in Nationwide Insurance coverage contributions for TV paintings at each the BBC and BT Game.
The Occasions newspaper, which first reported the sum, stated that Lineker strongly disputed the volume.
The dispute, one among a variety of contemporary circumstances involving the employment standing of celebrities, centres on his paintings fronting Fit of the Day all through the tax years 2013-14 to 2016- 17 inclusive and BT’s Champions League protection all through the tax years 2015-16 to 2017-18.
HMRC argues he must had been paid as an immediate worker of each corporations fairly than as a contractor by way of Gary Lineker Media (GLM) – an organization arrange in 2012 with his-then spouse Danielle.
Whilst it’s not identified precisely how Lineker used to be paid thru GLM, the usage of such cars has come beneath hearth from the taxman as they have got been used for partial remuneration within the type of dividends which can be topic to a decrease charge of tax than source of revenue.
Every other big name of the display, Eamonn Holmes, misplaced a equivalent combat ultimate yr over his paintings for ITV’s This Morning.
Below new regulations from ultimate month, the personal sector aligned with the general public sector on freelance staff being handled as full-time workforce – with the onus on tax standing being positioned firmly at the corporate hiring the contractor.
A spokesman for Lineker advised the newspaper that the real tax invoice he confronted used to be a lot smaller than HMRC’s declared general as a result of he had paid a lot of it already.
“The tax concerned is a nominal quantity and he’s interesting it,” he used to be quoted as announcing.
An HMRC spokesperson replied: “We don’t touch upon identifiable taxpayers or ongoing criminal court cases.
“HMRC has just lately gained a variety of essential circumstances, together with on the Higher Tribunal, which set an invaluable precedent and provides welcome readability to taxpayers and HMRC alike.”