HMRC has recorded a rare IR35 victory after a tribunal decided that three self-employed BBC newsreaders were operating as so-called ‘disguised employees’.
Joanna Gosling is the latest BBC presenter to complain that the public service broadcaster forced her to operate through a limited company, exposing her to HMRC legal action.
Alongside BBC colleagues David Eades and Tim Willcox, Gosling is , which HMRC argues is owed in back income tax and National Insurance contributions.
HMRC claims that the presenters were within the IR35 rules and operating in ‘disguised employment’.
The court heard that the three presenters were “ ” into creating the personal service companies. These companies allowed the corporation to avoid paying employers’ National Insurance contributions and came with very few benefits.