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Breaking news: But this time the BBC is the news.

You see that household-name BBC TV presenter you like so much? Chances are, they’ve been cheating on their taxes.

That’s what HM Revenue and Customs is implying in its revelation that more than 100 BBC presenters are being investigated for alleged tax avoidance.

So, while you and I have been working hard to pay the TV licence fee – a tax imposed on all of us before we can watch not only BBC shows but any TV at all – it seems they have been ducking out of paying their fair share.

And they’re being paid a fortune! We’re discussing people who have been paid at least £150,000 per year.

I should stress that this is only an investigation; nobody has actually been found guilty of anything – yet.

But if they are, This Writer wants them to be named and punished.

As for the BBC itself – the Corporation seems to have allowed these people to cheat by paying them through personal service companies, whatever they may be.

What’s wrong with good old Pay As You Earn? The rest of us have to put up with it – why not these entitled ‘faces’?

More than 100 BBC presenters are under investigation for alleged tax avoidance after being suspected of wrongly using personal service companies to minimise their tax bills, HMRC has revealed.

A “very significant number of BBC news presenters” – as well as a number of staff at other broadcasters – face demands to hand over unpaid tax and national insurance contributions after HMRC launched a probe into whether stars had incorrectly declared themselves to be self-employed.

The BBC announced in July that it had moved 85 presenters onto its books as full-time employees, after a report published in 2012 found that the corporation paid more than 124 stars in excess of £150,000 a year via personal service companies.

Source: More than 100 BBC stars facing tax avoidance inquiry, HMRC reveals

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