Tax affairs of 246 footballers being investigated by HMRC in 2019-20

  • Tax authorities increasingly concerned by tax loophole
  • Players pay 19% tax on image rights compared with 45% on wages

The number of footballers investigated by HMRC rose dramatically in the tax year 2019-20, going up from 87 to 246 individuals, according to research by the accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young.

The figures show footballers and their image rights are coming under increasing scrutiny as the UK tax authorities look to clamp down on loopholes in the way players are paid.

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