Eamonn Holmes will reportedly use his ax from This Morning as part of his £ 250,000 tax appeal offer.
The former presenter of Friday This Morning, 61, appears to be taking advantage of his departure as a permanent presenter to object to a new change in the taxation of television presenters.
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HMRC has targeted moderators in recent years, arguing that they should be taxed as employees rather than freelancers.
Ultimately, this can result in the moderator being charged more tax.
Why does Eamonn Holmes owe £ 250,000?
In February 2020, Eamonn lost his court offer to battle a £ 250,000 tax bill.
But now he is supposed to use his ax from This Morning as a reason for the appeal.
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Eamonn and his wife, Ruth Langsford, 61, were fired from This Morning last year and replaced by Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond.
A source claims that Eamonn will argue that this proves that his job has never been safe and that he is self-employed as such.
The source told The sun: “Eamonn argued all along that his job could go away anytime. Now he has the proof.
“It’s annoying, but it has sparked new hope that he can win his calling.”
Indeed, last year Tribunal Judge Harriet Morgan concluded that “there is at least sufficient control to place the presumed relationship between ITV and Mr Holmes in employment.”
She added: “On this basis, and taking into account all other relevant factors, I believe that the assumed relationship between ITV and Mr. Holmes has been an overall employment rather than self-employment in all relevant tax years.”
What did Eamonn say about his tax bill?
An Eamonn spokesman released a statement following the decision.
It read: “Eamonn has always seen himself as a self-employed freelancer and never knowingly avoided paying taxes.
“He takes the time to understand the extensive document that describes the result in detail.”
In October last year, it was confirmed that Eamonn would appeal his case.
He told The Sun at the time, “There is no one more freelance than me, but they are trying to prove that our jobs are regular and guaranteed.
“But they could leave any minute.”
Eamonn and Ruth are said to have been devastated when they were replaced on Friday morning.
Instead, fill them in now during the holidays. The moderators had kept their Friday seat for 15 years.
ED asked the Eamonn Holmes representative for comment.
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