Employee or contributor? The taxing question facing RTÉ

The case of Sky Sports commentator Alan Parry should act as a salutary warning to those on contract and highlights the difficulties around the employment status of ‘stars’

Actor Tony Tormey has taken RTÉ to court after he received a tax demand, seeking compensation of €75,000. Picture: RTÉ

Taxes are one of life’s inevitabilities. For frontline media folk, however, there can be considerable jeopardy in the way in which they are paid.

Recent reports about Alan Parry, the Sky Sports commentator, are a salutary warning to those on contract. Parry has been a commentator for many years, trading as an independent contractor through Alan Parry Productions, a limited liability company. This means he invoices Sky for payment.

This practice is widespread in broadcast ...