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BBC tax panic

16 February 2018

A number of BBC presenters could now be facing bills of thousands of pounds in backdated tax after HMRC won its case against Christa Ackroyd, the former presenter of Look North.

When Ackroyd worked for the BBC she used a limited company with a personal service company contract. This made her in effect self-employed. Using a company also meant much lower tax payment needed to be paid.

HMRC claimed that she was in fact an employee and demanded 419,151 in come tax and NIC contributions.

This is the first time in seven years that HMRC has actually won a case relating to IR35 rules, which govern the tax paid by those who work for clients through an intermediary.
In has been reported that HMRC is investigating 100 current and former BBC presenters over claims of tax avoidance.

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