Glasgow Rangers appeal lost by HMRC... but the case continues
The former Glasgow Rangers Football Club sought to pay bonuses to its players through loaning money to them from a trust, avoiding the need to pay income tax or National Insurance contributions on the payments.
Facts of the case
- The club’s parent company set up an employee benefit trust (EBT)
- 108 ‘sub-trusts’ were established within the EBT for the benefit of the footballers’ families
- The club paid a total of £55.5m and €5.3m into the ‘sub-trusts’
- Each ‘sub-trust’ loaned money to the employee footballer. Loans were made without security for a term of ten years (which was expected to be renewable) and interest was payable at 1.5-2 per cent above the base rate
- In theory, the loan could remain outstanding until the employee’s death, when it would be a debt on the employee’s estate (and so reduce the inheritance tax charged). However, the loan would be repaid to the sub-trust set up for the employee’s family, and so their family would still receive the money…
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