I think some people have been reading too much into mentions of Rangers owing HMRC up to £75m. For clarity, the big tax case, with penalties and interest, could reach approximately £50m, but that is not the end of the story.
There is the wee tax case, the potential VAT liability relating to the income from Ticketus and VAT due each quarter. Then there is Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and National Insurance (NI). With the lack of financial information from Rangers barring this “£75m” statement, it’s possible VAT, PAYE and NI are delinquent.
Add this lot up and you can easily see why the taxpayer could be looking at a £75m hit, Rangers did not link this figure with the big tax case alone. I’ll leave it up to Craig Whyte’s next interviewers to ask how much of this figure has been incurred under his stewardship.
And remember, we’re only talking about HMRC debt here, don’t forget about the police, Glasgow City Council, utility suppliers and a multitude of small local businesses.
We don’t need no stinkin’ Rangers.
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