The dispute has been ongoing for a year according to tax tribunal documents
which were published last month. HMRC claims it is owed £3,621,735.90
worth of income tax and £1,313,755.38 as national insurance
contributions from Lineker.
Speaking to the Financial Times Jon Holmes, Lineker's agent, defended his client's actions.
“It is a question of whether he is employed by the BBC or not.
Most people, once they understand employment law, would say of course he isn’t. He works for many other people.”
HMRC is arguing Lineker is essentially a “disguised employee”.
HMRC's action covers work the presenter did for the BBC between the 2013-14 and 2016-17 tax years, and BT Sport for the 2015-16 and 2017-18 tax years.
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