Presenter pursued

HMRC accused of witch-hunt in £4.9m Lineker tax battle

Gary Lineker: latest IR35 case

Tax officials have been accused of a conducting witch-hunt against high profile personalities after television presenter Gary Lineker was accused of a £4.9m tax dodge.

The Match of the Day host is embroiled in a “disguised employee” dispute with HM Revenue & Customs which is cracking down on freelancers’ tax arrangements.

Tax tribunal documents published last month reveal that the former England footballer has been in dispute with HMRC for over a year.

HMRC is seeking £3.6m in income tax and £1.3m in national insurance contributions from Lineker for work he performed for the BBC between the 2013/2014 and 2016/2017 tax years, and for BT Sport during the 2015/2016 and 2017/2018 tax years inclusive.

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