Sports presenter Gary Lineker won his appeal against Britain’s tax authority (HMRC) on Tuesday over a bill that totalled 4.9 million pounds.
Lineker, who presents BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’ and also worked on BT Sport’s coverage, was pursued by the HMRC over taxes on income from both broadcasters from 2013-14 to 2017-18.The HMRC said he was an employee of both BBC and BT Sport at the time but a judge ruled the 62-year-old was a freelancer and had contracts with both broadcasters.
“The effect of my conclusions is that because there were direct contracts, between the BBC and Mr Lineker and BT Sport and Mr Lineker, the intermediaries legislation (IR35) does not, and cannot as a matter of law, apply,” Tribunal Judge Brooks said in a statement.”
Accordingly, and notwithstanding GLM (Gary Lineker Media)being a partnership, that is the end of the matter and the appeal succeeds.”
Lineker had said his taxes were paid through his media firm GLM which was set up in 2012 along with his ex-wife Danielle Bux, who was also an appellant.