HMRC Issues

Blackstone Solicitors provides legal advice on matters relating to HMRC issues across a variety of sports.

HMRC is known to suspect that compliance with tax requirements is lax in the professional football industry and has targeted football clubs, players, and agents for investigations.

HMRC is worried that football clubs are underpaying National Insurance Contributions on agents’ fees, ‘image rights’ payments, and ‘benefits in kind’ provided to players, such as free hotel rooms and flights. HMRC feels that, in terms of agent’s fees, football clubs are underpaying national insurance when they pay a substantial amount of an agent’s fee. It believes that agents will inevitably prioritise the player’s interests. This is a “taxable benefit” if a club pays for the player’s portion of the agent’s services.

According to reports, HMRC has also placed a particular emphasis on untaxed agency fees and payments for hotels and flights for footballers’ families and friends. It has suspected noncompliance with tax laws in the professional football industry for some time and is now pursuing individuals responsible.

We can provide all the expert legal assistance you need with regards to HMRC issues and have considerable experience in this area of law.

Speak to our expert sports solicitors today to find out more about how we can assist you. Call us on 0330 808 0849 or allow us to call you back by completing our online enquiry form.

Our Approach

We place huge emphasis on getting things done properly and efficiently. This is especially true when providing legal advice concerning HMRC and any possible disputes that may result as a consequence. We will comprehensively ensure all the necessary provisions for our client are properly set out, fulfilling every aim and objective.

Regardless of the value of the contract or the size or nature of the club, our solicitors have the experience and specialist knowledge to help you achieve an outcome that is both fair and beneficial. We will take the time to make sure you fully understand any taxation obligations.

“The advice I was given was empowering and the personal service I received was reassuring and helped me look at my problem objectively.”

Anne Bailey   

Why Legal Help is Important

At Blackstone, we can help to ensure that any demands placed upon you by HMRC are in keeping with the law. The legal and financial obligations of contracts can often be complex and it is therefore imperative that you seek expert legal help to ensure that you are not taxed or penalised unfairly.

Our Services

We provide various services for sports clubs and players who are experiencing issues with HMRC

We can also advise on various areas related to sports law including:

  • Player/athlete contracts
  • Player breaches
  • Manager contracts
  • Player contract agreements
  • Club contracts
  • Club breaches
  • Agent representation agreements
  • Kit and sportswear disputes
  • Intellectual Property disputes
  • HMRC issues
  • Commission disputes
  • Sports marketing
  • Central contracts in Cricket
  • Licensing, media and broadcasting
  • Regulatory and governance issues

Get in Touch

Find out more about our services and how our sports solicitors can help you and your career by getting in touch today. Simply call us on 0330 808 0849 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you back at a convenient time.

We are able to help individuals throughout the North West,  the rest of the UK and internationally from our offices in Cheshire and London.

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