If there's one thing we know the Sun despises, it's beloved entertainers entering into measures, however legal, to reduce their tax bills. Just last October they were raging at freelancers working for the BBC:
IS the BBC helping thousands of its workers dodge income tax?So, that's clear - going out your way to establish a way of reducing tax, in the words of The Sun "stinks to high heaven".
We now know it pays 4,500 “freelancers” though “personal service companies”.
This allows them to pay tax at about half the 40 per cent they could be clobbered with.
Oddly, though, that sense of outrage doesn't appear to extend to One Direction, where Gordon is almost tumescent with their tax moves:
LIAM PAYNE, NIALL HORAN, HARRY STYLES, LOUIS TOMLINSON and ZAYN MALIK have set up another business.Apparently, for some reason, this doesn't "stink to high heaven".
The latest company is called 1D Live LLP – a limited liability partnership.
Registering a company as an LLP means it won’t pay any corporation tax – which is usually a hefty 23 per cent on all profits.
Perhaps it would only start to stink if they pay in performance fees they earn at the BBC?