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Alan 6:47 Wed Oct 4
Newcastle United lose tax raid court case
BBC

Newcastle United 'abused tax system', HMRC alleges

Newcastle United "systematically abused" the tax system to "secretly" make payments to agents and players during transfers, a court has heard.

The allegations emerged after the Tyneside club challenged a raid by HM Revenue and Customs in April.

United argued no reasonable grounds existed for believing it had engaged in tax fraud, but High Court judges ruled the warrants were "lawfully issued".

The club said it was "disappointed" and "considering its options".

St James' Park and West Ham's London Stadium were raided as part of a £5m National Insurance fraud investigation.

Business and financial records were seized, along with computers and mobile phones, and Newcastle's managing director Lee Charnley was among several men arrested and later released without charge.

The club challenged the legality of the search-and-seize orders obtained by HMRC, and a hearing has been held at Leeds Crown Court.

'Secret' payments

HMRC argued that reasonable grounds existed for believing Newcastle United was ''knowingly involved'' in a multimillion-pound tax fraud, and the club's application for judicial view was dismissed.

The full judgement has now been published.

It reveals Operation Loom is looking into whether the club knew payments to agents were being "secretly" funnelled to other unlicensed agents and players themselves in a bid to circumvent income tax and National Insurance.

Regarding Demba Ba's transfer to Newcastle from West Ham, HMRC said: "It appears NUFC paid agent's fees for services of £1.9m in full knowledge that the majority would be passed on to other agents... and to a company associated with the player".

There were "further suspicions" arising out of his transfer to Chelsea in January 2013.

HMRC said it believed: "NUFC systematically abused tax system... and all payments to agents made were potentially the subject of criminal proceedings".

A spokesman for HMRC said: "We are very pleased with the court's decision which we are studying in detail. We do not comment on individual cases or ongoing investigations."

Newcastle United said in a statement: "We are disappointed with this decision given the court's findings.

"We are considering all of our options with our advisers, including whether to pursue an appeal."

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Sven Roeder 12:27 Thu Oct 5
Re: Newcastle United lose tax raid court case
Fair penalty outside of the HMRC penalties?

(a) The amount of the abuse deducted from the amount they are allowed to pay under FFP every year for the next 5 seasons
(b) Unable to buy any players for the next 2 years
(c) 10 point penalty
(d) £25m payment due to Sheffield United

On The Ball 10:38 Wed Oct 4
Re: Newcastle United lose tax raid court case
Because I hope we haven't broken the law?

LeroysBoots 10:23 Wed Oct 4
Re: Newcastle United lose tax raid court case
OTB......why fingers crossed ?

If we did something dodgy then we shoukd be rightly dealt with

Plus hopefully these sleazy cunts ruining Our club can get banged up

On The Ball 7:06 Wed Oct 4
Re: Newcastle United lose tax raid court case
And having now read it properly, it appears like we may not have been really involved. Fingers crossed.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 7:04 Wed Oct 4
Re: Newcastle United lose tax raid court case
Probably they needed to know for sure exactly how much we received.

Mike Oxsaw 6:55 Wed Oct 4
Re: Newcastle United lose tax raid court case
Not all so black and white now then, is it?

On The Ball 6:54 Wed Oct 4
Re: Newcastle United lose tax raid court case
Got to wonder where we fit into this. It always seemed pointed more at them.





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