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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Ooh The Irony!

Ooh The Irony!How ironic that, in the midst of a government propaganda campaign against tax avoidance (despite the fact that it is perfectly legal), the BBC (a taxpayer funded body) is proactively assisting its higher paid "stars" to avoid tax.

Many of the "stars" describe themselves as "freelance", and have set up service companies that enable them to avoid the new 50% tax levy.

The BBC also keeps hundreds of other presenters off its books, by putting them on freelance deals.

How ironic!

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. Well, if you can have a freelance Director General ....

    Perhaps these stars are all doing blue skies thinking for our much admired and beloved government.

  2. I presume you're referring to this article:

    Interesting that it suggests HMRC had a go at them for this a couple of years ago (though it doesn't say the outcome - if anything it's likely that the Beeb tightened up its contracts to ensure they didn't fall foul of IR35). Makes it seem somewhat less ironic, don't you think.

    If nothing else, surely the fact that our main broadcaster (which is only taxpayer-funded in so far as the government tops up the discounted licence fees of the over-75s) is sufficiently free from government to be able to do this shows that we don't yet live in quite as oppressive a dictatorship (24/09/09) as words like "propaganda" would imply.