Sky Sports presenter IR35 appeal and what we can all learn from this

25 January 2023

Sky Sports presenter, Alan Parry has lost his appeal again Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in regard to IR35 rules.

Alan Parry was being paid though his limited company, Alan Parry Productions from 2013 to 2019. HMRC’s view of this was that Parry’s relationship with Sky Sports was one of a disguised employment. The defendant contested this and made to appeal claiming to be self-employed.

Judge Tony Beare heard the case at a tax tribunal hearing and judged in favour of HMRC, rather than Parry. It was rules that the relationship between Sky and Mr Parry was one of employment and the services provided under a contract of service and not of Mr Parry’s own account. HMRC have ruled that Parry owes over £222,000 in tax and over £133,000 in National Insurance.

This case highlights the risks that come with the risks of misunderstanding IR35 rules. Here at CHAPS, we hope that this case has enabled the public to understand the importance of tax avoidance schemes.

Here at CHAPS, we can process anything payroll and it is our mission to remain fully compliant and adhering to HMRC standards.

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