Daytime telly host Eamonn Holmes ‘is facing’ a whopping £250,000 tax bill, reports claim.
According to The Sun, the tax people have clamped down on the practice, which allows people to claim lower taxes.
The newspaper claimed that Eamonn had lost a legal ruling, which could see him pay up to £250,000 in unpaid taxes.
It quotes a spokesperson for Eamonn, who said he “has always considered himself a self-employed freelancer and has never knowingly avoided paying taxes”.
They also said that Eamonn is “seeking to comprehend what this means” and wants consistency across the boards so that others don’t fall foul of any new rulings.
Eamonn first became embroiled in the row in 2018 when the HMRC chased him for unpaid taxes.
The department is arguing that presenters should pay up to 45 per cent, instead of the 19 per cent corporation tax they pay now.
“I was in a court in central London for a week in June. I’ve been freelance for 28 years and that’s been okay,” he told the Mail On Sunday at the time.
“Now they’ve said it’s not okay. They have reinvented the rules in the past couple of years.
They have reinvented the rules in the past couple of years.
“There is nobody more freelance than me, but they are trying to prove our jobs are regular and guaranteed. They could go at any moment.”
ED! has gone to Eamonn’s reps for comment.
Last month, award-winning grime artist, Stormzy, slammed Eamonn after he used the word ‘uppity’ to describe Meghan Markle, a word loaded with racial connotations.
He said on This Morning: “If you have an uppity attitude, you’re only through the door two minutes and suddenly you’re sitting at Wimbledon and your royal protection are saying: ‘No photographs, no photographs!'”
Speaking to radio station Hot 97, Stormzy said: “Bro, she’s black, that’s who you’re talking about.”
Eamonn said he did not know the racial overtones of the word, which was used in 19th-century America to insult black people who “didn’t know their place”.