HMRC and Equity are locked in a bitter dispute over the tax status of actors, with the union warning that the government body is “on the verge of being out of control”.
Equity general secretary Christine Payne used her address to delegates at this year’s annual representative conference to accuse HMRC of a “ruthless grab for revenue”, driven by forces she said “do not seem to understand or appreciate our sector”.
She described the union as being under attack by HMRC, in relation to a recent test case involving actor Robert Glenister, and forthcoming tax guidance for actors and performers.
“HMRC are on the verge of being out of control. They cannot – and must not – be allowed to try to overturn decades of consensus and precedent on tax status in the creative industries."Well then!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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