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Lord Sugar ‘tried to declare himself non-UK resident to keep away from £186m tax invoice’

Lord Sugar, the enterprise mogul and star of the favored actuality TV present “The Apprentice,” has discovered himself on the centre of a monetary whirlwind involving a hefty tax invoice of £186 million.

In an try to sidestep a considerable tax invoice, Lord Sugar was reported to have utilized for non-residency in the UK. The idea of non-residency implies that the involved particular person doesn’t reside within the UK and spends lower than 90 days within the nation yearly. This standing would have allowed Lord Sugar to keep away from the UK tax on an enormous dividend of £390 million that he obtained from his firm within the 2021-22 fiscal yr.

The intriguing flip of occasions got here to mild when a joint investigation was performed by The Sunday Occasions and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The investigation unravelled Lord Sugar’s try to argue that he wasn’t based mostly within the UK through the time in query, as he had spent a good portion of the yr in Australia. The enterprise tycoon was internet hosting the Australian model of the ‘Celeb Apprentice’ present throughout this time.

Apparently, Lord Sugar gave the impression to be unaware of an important element that might finally foil his makes an attempt to say non-residency. As a member of the Home of Lords, Lord Sugar was routinely thought-about a resident of the UK, no matter his bodily location all year long. This element was apparently ignored by Lord Sugar when he utilized for non-residency.

Regardless of Lord Sugar’s efforts to keep away from the tax fee, HM Income and Customs (HMRC), the UK’s tax assortment company, required him to pay the complete £186 million. This tax was due on the big £390 million dividend that Lord Sugar had drawn from his firm within the 2021-22 tax yr. The fee made by Lord Sugar is reported to be one of many largest tax payments paid within the nation for that yr.

The revelation that his membership within the Home of Lords made him ineligible for claiming non-residency reportedly caught Lord Sugar without warning. Allegedly, Lord Sugar acknowledged that he would have resigned from the Home of Lords had he recognized that his membership would stop him from claiming non-residency.

Across the similar time that HMRC would have reviewed his standing, Lord Sugar took an unexplained depart of absence from the Home of Lords. This depart lasted from January to June. Nonetheless, it’s essential to notice that there isn’t a provision within the regulation for many who quickly depart the chamber to say non-residency.

In an attention-grabbing twist to the story, Lord Sugar blamed his tax advisers for the oversight and is reportedly taking authorized motion in opposition to them to get better his loss. This transfer signifies that Lord Sugar believes he was poorly suggested and that his advisors ought to bear the brunt of the mishap.

Lord Sugar has a historical past of being vocal about his stance on tax evasion and has repeatedly made statements condemning those that dodge taxes. Regardless of the current incident, Lord Sugar’s spokesperson confirmed that Lord Sugar is a UK tax resident and that every one his earnings has been taxed on the premise of his UK residency.