May 25th, 2019

HMRC on the attack against actors with companies

HMRC’s recent victory against actor Robert Glenister is likely to see an increase in cases brought against other actors using limited companies. Glenister faces a tax bill of £150,000 after a test case ruling decided the IR35 rules apply. Glenister wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary here – simply billing for his services through a limited company.

We have warned our actor clients for a long time against using limited company structures for this reason. Unfortunately some other accountants have played down these risks and could now leave their clients facing life changing tax bills.

Financial Times 25 May 2019

HMRC seem to have little sympathy with Glenister’s predicament.

“The rules on employment status are the same for everyone,” said an HMRC spokesman.

‘It is never a matter of choice. It is always dictated by the facts and when the wrong tax is being paid we put things right.”

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Jonathan trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in Liverpool before becoming a small business services manager for Grant Thornton in Warrington. He also spent three years as the financial controller for Brookside and Hollyoaks (not that he ever mentions it!).

Jonathan is recognised as a specialist in the entertainment industry and is often called upon to provide training courses and seminars for media professionals. He's also a bit of a technology geek and has been recognised with the accountancy industry as one of the most progressive accountants in the UK.
Outside of work Jonathan is very proud to be the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and to be on the Council of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)

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