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Gary Lineker’s legal professionals say HMRC tax inquiry ‘wanting within the unsuitable place’

Gary Lineker’s legal professionals have advised a authorized listening to {that a} tax inquiry into the footballer’s funds has been “wanting within the unsuitable place”.

The Match Of The Day host was advised by HM Income and Customs (HMRC) that he ought to have been classed as an worker of the BBC and BT Sport for his presenting duties, quite than as a freelancer.

HMRC is now pursuing him for £4.9m that it stated ought to have been paid on revenue acquired between 2013 and 2018.

It comes as a part of laws referred to as IR35, designed to clampdown on tax avoidance by so-called disguised staff, who cost for his or her companies by way of restricted corporations.

Lineker says all taxes have been paid on the revenue by way of a partnership arrange in 2012 together with his ex-wife, Danielle Bux, and is interesting towards the demand.

On Monday, a preliminary listening to in London was advised Lineker has now paid the revenue tax in full.

James Rivett KC, representing Lineker, argued: “What ought to have occurred is that HMRC ought to have assessed the BBC for tax and that isn’t what occurred.

“IR35 has nothing to do with it, they only appeared within the unsuitable path, and it proceeds from this assumption {that a} partnership is ultimately an entity, and it isn’t, not this kind of partnership.”

Rivett stated the case the HMRC is setting out “can not apply” on this occasion.

He went on: “HMRC are wanting within the unsuitable place right here; in the event that they thought there was a quasi-employment relationship between Mr Lineker and the BBC and BT Sport they need to have assessed them.

“They shouldn’t have used this torturous equipment to do it which supplies rise to all kinds of problems with double taxation.”

He added: “We’re in entrance of you to argue an attraction in respect of an quantity of revenue tax that everyone acknowledges has been paid.”

It follows comparable makes an attempt by HMRC to focus on broadcasters together with Lorraine Kelly and Kaye Adams, who each received their instances on attraction.

Lineker is disputing the invoice, in keeping with tax tribunal paperwork.

The presenter is predicted to argue that his partnership, Gary Lineker Media, is required to funnel his revenue by means of due to the wide range of labor he does.

HMRC will say his in depth work for BT Sport and the BBC means he ought to be classed as an worker for tax functions.