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to be a bit pissed off that Gary Barlow has been involved in tax avoidance?

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grovel Sat 10-May-14 12:49:35

I thought he was supposed to be a national treasure?

From The Mirror:

Gary Barlow and two other Take That stars face having to pay back tens of millions of pounds in tax after a court ruled they were part of a massive tax avoidance scheme.

The singer-songwriter, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and manager Jonathan Wild poured £66million into two partnerships styled as music-industry investment schemes.

But the ventures were artificial tax shelters for the super-rich which allowed the musicians to avoid tax on about £63million from world tours and CD sales.

The Take That members are likely to be ordered to repay more than £20million to HM Revenue & Customs.

Tax judge Colin Bishopp rejected arguments that more than 50 partnerships, set up by a company called Icebreaker Management, had been set up for commercial purposes.

He said: “Icebreaker is, and was known and understood by all concerned to be, a tax avoidance scheme.

“The aim was to secure [tax] relief for members, and to inflate the scale of the relief by unnecessary borrowing.”

Jubelteen Sat 10-May-14 12:54:32

I've read that GB is very tight fisted with his money so not surprised that he tried to pay as little tax as possible. Its not illegal but does grate as us little people on PAYE pay full amount of tax on our meagre earnings.

softlysoftly Sat 10-May-14 12:58:14

Tax avoidance is legal so he wouldn't be in court.

tax evasion I assume?

He still probably pays far more into the pot than most so can't get my knickers in a twist about it unless it is proved to be illegal tbh.

Mrsjayy Sat 10-May-14 13:03:31

this has been going around for ages it was said when Jimmy Carr was caught out I guess a lot of high high earners do it, TBF i think most of us would if we earned as much as they do i assume gary Barlow pays a shit load of tax anyway

ajandjjmum Sat 10-May-14 13:09:04

Someone spoke to us about this scheme. I think it reduces the tax you pay from 40% to 20% ish - so a significant saving. Still a significant tax payment though.

Hard to know what you'd do unless you had enough money to justify considering it - we all say 'no' now....... grin

Mrsjayy Sat 10-May-14 13:12:36

well exactly if i was a multi millionaire songwriter who knows what I would want to do with my money, grin

Mrsjayy Sat 10-May-14 13:13:22

athough a lot of celebs are caught out with scams and whatnot

ClashCityRocker Sat 10-May-14 13:19:27

Softly softly, tax avoidance cases go before a tax tribunal and then up to high court to see if they 'work' and are actually legal.

With the anti-abuse legislation coming in, very few are likely to succeed, even if they follow the letter of the law in other respects.

ComposHat Sat 10-May-14 13:22:51

What I find galling is the fucking prat was exorting us to give to children in need. Maybe they'd be less children in need in the UK if he paid his fucking taxes.

Sanctimonious prick.

EffectiveCommunication Sat 10-May-14 13:23:26

Hang on which catagory is GB in?

The Peter Andre, Katie Price, Kerry Katona one or the Nigella Lawson, Lily Allen one?

It is apparently not in the spirt of MN to post negative about the second catagory.

ComposHat Sat 10-May-14 13:24:39

We will soon find out.

EffectiveCommunication Sat 10-May-14 13:26:46

I wonder how many children in need will now benefit from the £20m Mr Barlow will be returning to the tax man?

StarGazeyPond Sat 10-May-14 13:29:03

What I find galling is the fucking prat was exorting us to give to children in need. Maybe they'd be less children in need in the UK if he paid his fucking taxes.

Really? You are being utterly utterly ridiculous with that statement.

ConferencePear Sat 10-May-14 13:29:15

Living in this country gives you rights which citizens of other countries don't enjoy. Our society can only work if everyone pays their fair share.
I think people like Gary Barlow should be proud to pay his taxes in the country which has made him rich.

EffectiveCommunication Sat 10-May-14 13:29:22

After giving it some through, I think GB comes under the KK,PA,KP catagory as he sends his children out to work. I remember seeing his DD preform as a munchkin in the west end.

ComposHat Sat 10-May-14 13:34:46

Why is that ridiculous? If everyone simply decided to opt out of their obligations to pay taxes, as Gary Barlow has appeared to have done, , then how long til education, social services, youth clubs, sure starts and health visiting collapses?

The two things are not unrelated.

EffectiveCommunication Sat 10-May-14 13:38:01

Well that is good then, so many children can benefit now, so it should take the sting out of it for him.

His DD was very cute a quite the performer BTW.

rabbitrisen Sat 10-May-14 13:38:56

<shush> Colleen Nolan is on the protected list.

As to celebs in general, the scales have fallen from my eyes. We dont have a clue what they get up to behind closed doors.

ShakesBootyFlabWobbles Sat 10-May-14 13:40:37

YANBU. I am disappointed with their choices and am glad HMRC has been successful in court.

I don't agree with the attitude that, well they pay a lot anyway who cares. They are in an incredibly privileged position and with that comes responsibility. The British masses on PAYE, even very well paid ones, have no choice but comply with tax legislation, I don't see why high net worth individuals should be any different. It is greed and nothing more.

AuntieStella Sat 10-May-14 13:41:35

People get caught out from time to time on tax (and other) matters. I haven't actually seen anything about this one.

But in general, it's nothing to do with being a 'national treasure' as public image needs to be taken with a large pinch of salt anyhow.

Apparent likability is no indicator of morals or likelihood of being an offender (see threads passim on inadequacy of 'stranger danger' and friendly grooming; or 'but I liked him' for some but not all Yewtree offenders/suspects).

Mrsjayy Sat 10-May-14 13:41:38

as an aside do you honestly think children will be no longer in need if gary barlow and the like paid more taxes, ,really

EffectiveCommunication Sat 10-May-14 13:41:47

OK, so CN, NL and LA are on the protected list and GB, PA, KK and KP are not? got it!

shitatusernames Sat 10-May-14 13:42:15

Wonder if the government will be going into his bank account to take back the unpaid taxes, which is something I'd heard they were proposing yesterday.

Mintyy Sat 10-May-14 13:46:20

It is greed and nothing more.

Can't argue with that.

But you are all being mean about poor old Gary! He's such a good song writer and a luffly family man, and he had a weight problem and Robbie hated him, and then he's turned himself round and is just fabulous now and everyone should love him and be grateful for all that tax he does pay.

Going to have to report you vile nasty bitches to hq now. Sorry.

CogitoErgoSometimes Sat 10-May-14 13:46:44

I'd assume that, unlike the rest of us relying on a slip of paper out of the cashpoint, Barlow's millions are managed by a team of financial experts. They'll be tasked with managing investments, taxes etc and the amount of conscious decision-making that GB contributes is probably minimal. Ignorance is no defence but I can see why 'talented but thick' celebrities often end up in this position.

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