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Around the Web – Row over personal service contracts

25 July 2012

The BBC has come under criticism following the revelation that they are forcing senior presenters to trade thorough personal services companies. A row over high-profile presenters’ pay rates at the company has resulted in a “war with the corporation”, the Daily Mail writes, as the presenters are represented as potential tax avoiders.

The article reveals that presenters at the company are allegedly told to set up personal service companies in order to be paid, allowing the BBC to potentially circumvent paying tax. 

Presenter, Jeremy Paxman, wrote in The Times earlier this year that the BBC “required me to form a company if I wanted to continue to present Newsnight. It claimed it had been told to do so by the HMRC,” something HMRC denied. The BBC has not implied it is using such deals, the Mail writes.

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