BBC presenters told to pay tens of thousands in back taxes as judge rules against them despite finding they were ‘forced’ into contracts by corporation

BBC presenters told to pay tens of thousands in back taxes as judge rules against them despite finding they were 'forced' into contracts by corporation

Gosling, Eades and Willcox said they were disappointed by the result of the case, which they described as “an exhaustive battle lasting eight years”.
They said: “The Tribunal has found as a fact that we were forced into setting up personal service companies by the BBC. Furthermore, it found that the BBC knew that, in doing so, a tax risk and liability were passed onto us which they would otherwise have been responsible for – yet we were not made aware of these concerns.
“We have endured eight years of HMRC investigation and eventual determinations to reach this point on what is clearly a difficult and unclear subject even for judges. It has been a depressing and stressful period for each of us. “
A BBC spokesman said: “We want to help presenters resolve any historic tax issues they face because of the way their employment status is now being assessed. We are reviewing the judgment and will work with each of the presenters to agree how we will help them.
“We have acknowledged that many years ago the BBC introduced a policy of engaging certain freelance presenters through PSCs where they were understood to be self-employed. We have also said that where people now face a challenge as a result of this we want to put this right as quickly and effectively as possible. We understand and regret the stress this has put people under, and have set out the principle

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