IR35 victory for HMRC results in Talksport presenter facing substantial tax bill

Last year, a first-tier tribunal went in favour of Talksport presenter and comedian Paul Hawksbee. It was found that Paul and his personal service company (PSC) Kickabout Productions Ltd were operating compliantly and outside IR35. Interestingly, it wasn’t the first time HMRC had lost a case regarding IR35, and it looked as if they were continuing to lose credibility on the legislation and their understanding of how it applies in practice. After an appeal from HMRC, an upper tribunal ruled in favour of HMRC – almost 12 months after the original ruling. As a result, Paul Hawksbee faces a tax bill of nearly £140,000.