Frankie Boyle dodging tax?
Words: Caroline Foran.
Seriously, the only three comedians I write about - due to the fact that they seem to continually land themselves in the papers over various salacious controvseries - are Jimmy Carr, Ricky Gervais and Frankie Boyle. Last week it was all about Carr and this week I'm back to Boyle. "Who's he offended now?" you ask. No one actually. He's just been dodging tax like his fellow comedian. ALLEGEDLY.
Unlike Carr though Boyle strongly denies such allegations and we're not surprised given that he had very recently taken the piss out of Carr for cutting corners to save on hefty tax bills. Anyhoo, last Friday The Daily Mail claimed that Boyle "could have avoided paying nearly £900,000 tax through the voluntary liquidation of his firm last year."
The tabloid publication made the very large claim that perhaps in setting up his company - Traskor Productions Limited - Boyle could well have been paying as little as 10% tax through a little loophole known as "entrepreneur tax relief" which, The Guardian have kindly relayed, would have saved him £880,762. Not quite 3 million but still.
In response to this Boyle dubbed the article as complete and utter "bollocks". Boyle got straight on the Twitter machine - the only way to clear things up these days. "There's a lot of things people do to avoid paying tax and I don't do any of them... I wound my company up for legal reasons separate from tax and my accountant applied for tax relief on this … This tax relief is approximately half of the tax saving the Mail quoted in its article today."
Continuing on his rant he said: "I am certain I pay more tax than most people in showbusiness and the cabinet."
Now all we need is for David Cameron to make a comment on this and kick start 'Tax scandals involving a comedian TAKE TWO!'
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Monday 2nd July 2012 | Comedy
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