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HMRC condemned for targeting Lineker over IR35


Following news that HMRC is pursuing Gary Lineker for £5m in taxes, Dave Chaplin, the CEO of ContractorCalculator, tells the Express that the television star is being targeted by HMRC in a “misguided attempt to shore up the Treasury’s coffers.” HMRC argues that Lineker should have been operating "inside IR35" on contracts held at the BBC (2013 - 2017) and at BT Sport (2015 - 2018). But Chaplin says: “The tax efficiency by hiring someone self-employed is actually obtained by the firm that hires them, in this case the BBC, who would have avoided having to pay Employers National Insurance of 13.8% on top of whatever monies were paid to Mr Lineker. To suggest that he has avoided tax is pointing the finger in entirely the wrong direction.” Express.co.uk (08/05/2021)

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