DAVID Beckham was knighted after his finances were cleared by the taxman.
The former England captain, 46, is said to have been officially nominated and moved into the official list of nominees for next June.
It comes ten years after he was embroiled in a tax avoidance scheme. The taxman upgraded his status from red – meaning he is barred from identification – to green.
It means that the Manchester United and Three Lions legend has finally qualified to become a Sir after a long period of tax setbacks.
MPs and charity campaigners last night hailed the move, saying the knighting of one of England’s most successful players – and a prolific charity fundraiser – had “long overdue”.
It comes ten years after Becks was entangled in an ingenious tax avoidance scheme and blacklisted by the Internal Revenue Service.
However, in August the company won a multimillion-pound lawsuit against HMRC and Beckham’s representatives approached tax officials to resolve his financial problems.
A source said: “David, like many other celebrities introduced to Ingenious, had no idea what was going on at the time.
“His team first proactively approached HMRC nearly two years ago, when David made his business independent, and it was all right, once and for all, in the end. this year.
“In 2013, David was told the only reason he wasn’t knighted was because of tax failure. Now that it’s cleared up, there’s absolutely no reason for him not to be honored.
“He would obviously be completely excited about the knighthood – but not under any illusions and would only believe it when he saw it.”
Anyone with financial irregularities will be “red flagged” by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and barred from recognizing the title.
But David, whose heroes have been for England, including a superb goal against Greece that qualified us for the 2002 World Cup, has now been upgraded from red to green. .
The father of four, who has raised around £50m for charity, is said to be on the official list of proposals – meaning he has been successfully tested and is eligible to be awarded. recognize.
Now the Honor Committee – chaired by Culture Minister Nadine Dorries – will formally approve his nomination next June for the Queen’s Birthday Title. That means Victoria, 47-year-old ex-wife of Spice Girl, becomes Lady Beckham.
However, the star, who played a key role in helping London host the 2012 Olympic Games, can still be overlooked.
Last night, the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore – who has raised millions of dollars for the NHS by circling his garden – praised the move.
The veteran, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 100, was honored that Becks visited him in his hometown to present him with an FA-backed title.
We are delighted that David is finally lined up for a knighthood – which he totally deserves.
Hannah Ingram-Moore, co-founder of the Captain Tom Foundation
His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, co-founder of The Captain Tom Foundation, told The Sun: “We are delighted that David is finally getting a knighthood – which he absolutely deserves.
“We will never forget the kindness and support that David and his family showed to my late father and our family.”
Last year, David also helped The Sun launch a poppy growing campaign, visiting Chelsea Pensioners to help boost sales during the pandemic. And he joined Prince William at our Who Cares Wins awards earlier this year.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen “As someone who has been very critical of players in the past, I really think this is overdue for David Beckham,” said last night.
“He does his tax issues well, has raised millions of dollars for various charities and was, of course, instrumental in our bid for the Olympics.”
Two years after The Sunday Times revealed that David and Victoria are two of Britain’s highest taxpayers, raking in £12.7m in 12 months.
However, earlier this year, he was fired for agreeing to be an ambassador for Qatar ahead of next year’s World Cup. The Middle Eastern country has been heavily criticized for its incredible human rights record and the outlawing of homosexuality.
However, he has dismissed criticism of the £150m, 10-year deal, insisting he hopes to bring about change “from within” and “use the ball”. rock as a driving force”.
‘He does more than people realize’
Last night, a source close to David’s charity work added: “David has been a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for the past 18 years and has worked tirelessly for them.
“This year he launched their global vaccination program and he raises around £5m a year to support them, in addition to the women and children projects he funds under the auspices. support from its Fund 7. Over the years he has probably raised over £50 million for Unicef and other charities and also quietly gives away around a million a year out of his own pocket.
“He does a lot more than people realize – even in lockdown, he has volunteered locally for Age UK, visiting Chelsea Pensioners. It’s not just about the money – it’s about the time he gives away. And everyone knows how big of a royalist David is – he’s close to Prince William, and loves the Queen, and is a huge supporter of the mental health campaign. William.
“He really wasn’t expecting anything at this stage – but to receive an honor now would be beyond anything he could have imagined.”
Ant and Dec, Robbie Williams, Guy Ritchie, Davina McCall and Andrew Lloyd Webber is among 140 celebrities in the Ingenious schemes, which provide tax breaks for movie investors.
The company – which has always denied avoiding taxes – used “flat loss reduction” to allow investors to offset their potential tax bill against losses in other areas.
HMRC deemed the scheme a form of dodge and attempted to recover around £700m – which Dexterity successfully appealed over the summer.
He really wasn’t expecting anything at this stage – but to receive an honor now would be beyond anything he could have imagined.
A source close to David’s charity work
In 2017, David, dubbed the Goldenballs, was publicly shamed after private emails he wrote to his then-advisors were leaked. In them, he reacted angrily when he was belittled to be knighted in 2013, calling the Honor Committee “c***s”.
In 2003 Beckham, who played 115 times for England and was captain for six years, was awarded an OBE for services to football.
He received it from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of Victoria, sons Brooklyn and Romeo, and his grandparents.
Timeline of football legends & style icons
BECKHAM has a football career spanning 20 years, which includes a remarkable record of winning league titles in three countries – England, Spain and France.
Here is a timeline of his remarkable life:
APRIL 1995: Debut in the match Man Utd vs Leeds.
AUGUST 1996: Scored the half-way goal for United against Wimbledon.
MARCH 1999: Has their first child, son Brooklyn, with fiancee Victoria.
May 1999: Win the treble with United after beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Camp Nou, Barcelona.
JULY 1999: Married to Spice Girl Victoria.
NOVEMBER 2000: Named after the captain of the England team.
OCTOBER 2001: A superb goal score against Greece sends England to the World Cup.
JUNE 2003: Joined Real Madrid’s Galacticos for £ 24.5 million.
MARCH 2005: Opened his first soccer school, the David Beckham Academy.
JULY 2005: Help London win the right to host the Olympic Games 2012
JULY 2007: Join the Major League club, LA Galaxy. Had two loan transfers with Italian giants AC Milan while in LA.
JANUARY 2013: Joined Paris Saint Germain in France.
MAY 2013: Retired after winning 19 major titles.
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