Kaye Adams faces court trial as HMRC appeal IR35 case

Loose Women’s star Kaye Adams is set to face another court battle after HMRC appealed her IR35 case.

In April 2019, Adams was successful in a tax tribunal over a £125,000 tax bill, with the judge declaring that the TV star is self-employed. This tax bill referred to the period between March 2015 and March 2017, during which Adams presented the BBC’s The Kaye Adams Show.

HMRC tried to argue that the star was a BBC employee and not self-employed – and therefore should be taxed £81,000 in PAYE tax and £43,000 for national insurance contributions.

In April, the First-Tier Tribunal ruled that Adams had roles outside of the BBC, did not receive the same rights as an employee, and was therefore self-employed.

At the time of this case, Andy Chamberlain, deputy director of policy at the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), said the ruling was a further example of HMRC’s “failure to understand its own labyrinthine self-employed tax laws.”

When the appeal was announced yesterday, HMRC said: “We were disappointed with the result and have sought leave to appeal.”

In response to the new trial, the TV star, who has already spent tens of thousands of pounds on the court battle, said: “It is interesting to see how they are spending taxpayer money.”