Zoe insists latest tax set-up is Strictly above board
ARE the BBC’s promises about curtailing tax avoidance all they seem?
For I hear that Radio 2’s biggest female star, Zoe Ball, set up a controversial limited company just two days before it was revealed that she was to become the station’s breakfast presenter.
Corporation high-ups had vowed to cut down paying staff through such set-ups as it means that stars and the BBC pay less tax.
Z Ball Ltd was incorporated on October 1 and she was revealed as the replacement for Chris Evans on the flagship BBC show on October 3.
Ball insists her Radio 2 salary will be paid by PAYE, but has refused to say if the BBC will channel other fees to her through this company. She also presents the BBC’s weekly Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two.
Being paid through a company means profits are currently taxed at 19 per cent, considerably lower than a top-rate tax of 45 per cent. It also allows the BBC to avoid paying National Insurance.