I have never crowdfunded before, but after I heard that BBC stars are being ‘thrown under a bus’ by corporation bosses, I know a worthwhile cause when I see it.
So get the wallets out, readers, and make a donation because it seems that angry millionaire BBC presenters face paying more tax after being put on the staff payroll. I know what you are thinking – this is just a shocking, shocking way to treat our most wonderful BBC overlords.
According to the Times: ‘Many of the corporation’s stars have been reclassified as employees after taking official revenue tests last year, sources said. The changes mean they are no longer having their earnings channelled directly through personal companies and are instead paying the top rate of income tax.’
In other words, it seems that while lecturing us all on how we must pay our ‘fair share’ of tax, and how perhaps there should be tax increases to fund our beloved and blessed NHS, BBC presenters, on the advice of the corporation itself, were paid not as employees but through a company.
The Times: ‘Paying workers through personal companies allows an employer to avoid national insurance and means the workers are taxed as companies, avoiding income tax at source of up to 45 per cent and instead paying corporation tax of 19 per cent. This is legal.’
Yes, it is legal. Whether is it moral, I leave you to decide.
The Times again: ‘If HMRC decides a worker is in fact an employee it can pursue back tax. The BBC is also now paying millions of pounds in national insurance for them. Some presenters have had their salaries reduced to fund this. “This has caused a great deal of unhappiness and anxiety. They are livid,” one BBC source told the Times. “Money is being taken from them unfairly,” another said. “They are having to fight to be treated with respect. They have been thrown under a bus.”
‘This newspaper (the Times) understands that a number of the presenters are attempting to have the changes overturned, which could result in the exchequer losing millions in tax.’
This is an outrage, I’m sure you will agree. All you employed workers reading this who get clobbered at 45 per cent, I can envisage you reaching for your pitchforks as we speak, making your way to New Broadcasting House to demand these presenters be given the respect they deserve.
Not only respect, mind you, but the money they deserve too. As they say in my favourite film of all time, Jerry Maguire, show me the money. Only in this case, dear reader, it is BBC presenters shouting to the licence fee payers: ‘SHOW ME YOUR MONEY. And no, I will not be taxed at 45 per cent.’
It is also interesting (some might say ironic) that should said presenters win on the changes and end up paying less tax this will ‘result in the exchequer losing millions’. So do keep this in mind the next time you hear a lecture from the BBC telling us we must increase funding to the NHS, schools, mental health, childcare or whatever is the latest demand. We absolutely must have more immigration even though many of those at the BBC pushing this open border narrative are not willing to pony up and shell out on the public infrastructure such as housing, schools and public health services necessary to keep the whole immigration merry-go-round in full swing.
Anyway, when I get the crowdfunding page up and running I will be sure to link to it. I know you will be generous. Thank you.