Zoe in­sists lat­est tax set-up is Strictly above board

Scottish Daily Mail - - Eden Confidential -

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.

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