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Thursday, 18 March 2010
Sian Williams In Naked Protest
The BBC report that their very own Breakfast host Sian Williams has had a tax claim for clothes and hairstyling rejected by a tribunal.
Williams' legal team said that the items should be tax deductible because it was part of her job to look good on screen.
They added she "would be prepared to read the news without clothes" and only wore them because it was "required".
The case went to tribunal at the behest of her accountant, who wanted to test the rules
Quite correctly, as every trainee accountant knows, HMRC have applied the rule that only expenses "wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred" can be deducted from income.
Memory fades as to the case, but a lawyer tried this argument re the cost of her court clothes when I was still in short trousers; she lost. The judge remarked that she would still need to wear clothes for decency.
Any bets as to whether Sian will go ahead with her naked tax protest?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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