BBC news presenter loses IR35 appeal

19 February 2018

The Telegraph reports that Christa Ackroyd, a former co-host of the regional Look North programme on BBC One was paid as a freelancer through a personal services company at the BBC's request.  HMRC has said that she should have paid the same level of tax as a BBC employee. Ms Ackroyd must now pay back £419,151.

In its ruling, the tax tribunal in Leeds said that, while this was not a test case, "we understand that the present appeal is one of a number of other appeals involving television presenters and personal service companies."

At least 100 past and present BBC presenters are under investigation for alleged tax avoidance by using personal service companies to register as self-employed thereby minimising tax bills.

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