How many of the BBC’s household names are also tax cheats?

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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7 thoughts on “How many of the BBC’s household names are also tax cheats?

  1. Tony

    I can well remember when Terry Wogan said he was going to waive his fee for doing ‘Children in Need’ one year.

    I was shocked to learn that he had not been doing it already.

  2. Barry Davies

    Tax avoidance isn’t really regarded as a criminal offence because it means bending rather than breaking the rules, the government needs to tighten up the wording on the legislation so that avoidance can be avoided before it tries anything else.

  3. Mr Colin Glazebrook

    One of the things I find even more offensive than them evading tax is the fact that some of them get paid a fortune for doing jobs they actually love. Most of us get peanuts for doing dull, monotonous and endlessly repetitive jobs.

  4. Dez

    I guess they have paid for tax advisors who have promoted/audited and advised their clients about these scams and all the advantages and exposures. The BBC may have led these well paid horses to the lucrative water but BBC will remain at arms length should they take a greedy drink from the trough. What I would be unhappy to see is these same greed driven so called stars claiming extra money from licence paid BBC funds reimbursing these same greedy individuals for their tax losses if they lose their cases. Disclosure of their names for shame would also be a punishment and also avoid them getting some meaningless honour tag later in their careers. Once again the usual sacrifice of the ritual little guys for public gratification and meanwhile the real mega rich Elite globalists slither back under their stones free from real national tax problems….. courtesy of generous political donations.

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