Ex-BBC-presenter panel £420k tax bill

The former BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd with a tax bill of up to € 420,000 for a lost legal dispute with the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Ms Ackroyd and HMRC were in dispute over the nature of their BBC contract, and whether they had paid too little taxes.

She was one of a number of persons, the by the BBC through personal service companies.

Judgment against you, a tax tribunal said HMRC would have said “never” you was cheating on a tax or dishonest had acted.

Ms Ackroyd said had taken a decision, put an end to “five terrible years of innuendo and rumors” about its financial Affairs.

A BBC spokesman said, the use of personal service companies was “completely legitimate and common practice in the industry as a whole”.

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Ms Ackroyd presents the view to the North in Yorkshire, from 2001 to 2013, after moving from the ITV rival news programme calendar.

The court heard that she worked about two fixed-term contracts of employment agreed between the BBC and your personal service company, Christa Ackroyd Media Ltd (CAM).

HMRC, the UK tax authority argued that, as an employee of CAM, the company was liable for the wage tax and social security contributions, while Ms Ackroyd claimed that she was a self-employed entrepreneur, and CAM had no further liability.’Encouraged by BBC’

Judgment in favour of HMRC, the court said: “We do not want to criticize, Ms Ackroyd for those who don’t realise that IR35 legislation was employed.

“You took professional advice in relation to contractual agreements with the BBC, and was funded by the BBC to the contract via a personal service company.”

HMRC says Ackroyd Ms is liable for unpaid taxes between 2008 and 2013, a total of £419,151. Ms Ackroyd claims unpaid figure is approximately £207,000.

The court said that the parties had 42 days to either reach an agreement on the figure or are you looking for another judgment.

Ms Ackroyd said: “The contract, issued by the BBC was as a contract of employment, but as a free and, as such, under other tax rules.

“It took five years, is an indication of the complexity of IR35 legislation in respect of free channels.

“As you can imagine, I have suffered for five horrible years of hints and rumors suggesting I’m cheating a tax. This judgment shows again, I’m not.”‘Common Practice’

A BBC spokesman said the payment Ms Ackroyd by CAM was “standard industry practice” at the time, as it was recorded in 2001.

He added: “Until last year, it was for the people, the service company, rather than those who see you, your status for tax purposes.

“The use of personal service companies is completely legitimate and common practice in the industry as a whole, because it provides flexibility for both organizations and individuals.

“An independent review carried out in 2012 found that there is no evidence that the BBC had tried to, income tax or NIC with the conclusion of the contract in this way.”

A spokesman for HMRC said it is individual cases and could not comment, but added: “employment is never a matter of choice; it is always dictated by the facts, and if the incorrect tax is paid, we will put things right.”

In 2016, you will be emerged in legal documents that examined more than 100 of the BBC presenters were, over similar claims.