Eamonn Holmes taking HMRC to court again over £250,000 tax bill after losing first case


Eamonn Holmes taking HMRC to court again over £250,000 tax bill after losing first case (Picture: Rex)

Eamonn Holmes isn’t giving up when it comes to his fight with the taxman and he’s set to take HMRC to court once again over a £250,000 tax bill.

The This Morning presenter, 60, lost his case against HM Renvue and Customs over how he is paid in February, earlier this year, and now he’s set to take the tax regulator to court once more.

It was reported Eamonn was facing a £250,000 bill in taxes after claiming he was a freelancer – meaning he gets paid through his own company Red, White and Green.

HMRC decided to crack down on the practice, which can lead to lower taxes being paid.

They had reportedly been investigating the way TV stars are paid as freelancers through personal service companies and wanted to make sure employees pay employment taxes – even if they are working for their own company.

According to The Sun, Eamonn denies paying reduced taxes and has filed a court listing, with the case set to go ahead next year.

Eamonn co-hosts This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford (Picture: ITV/Rex)

The TV star previously hit out at HMRC for using him as a ‘test case’ and accused the government department of ‘reinventing the rules’.

Eamonn, who is married to his co-host Ruth Langsford, said earlier this year: ‘I was in a court in central London for a week in June. I’ve been freelance for 28 years and that’s been okay.

‘Now they’ve said it’s not okay. They have reinvented the rules in the past couple of years.’

‘There is nobody more freelance than me’ he continued. ‘But they are trying to prove our jobs are regular and guaranteed. They could go at any moment.’

At the time of his first case against HMRC, a spokesperson for the star released a statement via ContractorCalculator on Eamonn’s behalf, insisting he had ‘never knowingly avoided paying taxes’ and that he had ‘always considered himself a self-employed freelancer’.

They stated Eamonn wishes for ‘clarity and consistency across the guidelines’ so others do not ‘suffer the same confusion’ over the new tax rulings.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Eamonn’s rep.

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