MATCH of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has won a £4.9million tax battle.
HMRC had claimed he should have been classified as an employee of the BBC and BT Sport for presenting duties and not as a freelancer.
The Inland Revenue officer was prosecuting him for £4.9million owed on his income between 2013 and 2018.
But Gary, 62, insisted all taxes on the income were paid through a partnership established in 2012 with then-wife Danielle Bux.
The legislation, dubbed IR35, tackles tax avoidance by so-called disguised employees who bill for services through limited liability companies.
However, Tribunal Judge John Brooks found that IR35 was not applicable in this case as Lineker had direct contracts with both the BBC and BT Sport.
HMRC can appeal.
It comes amid recent controversy surrounding a Lineker tweet that the BBC initially believed breached its guidelines.
Lineker took to Twitter to attack the Illegal Migration Act, which bans migrants arriving on small boats from settling in the UK.
He tweeted: “This is just immeasurably cruel policy aimed at the most vulnerable in language not dissimilar to that of Germany in the 30’s and I’m out of order?”
The comment drew criticism from MPs and was branded “offensive” by the Home Secretary.
But bosses later apologized to Lineker and announced he was returning to hosting duties.
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