Equity to back campaign against double taxation of artists abroad

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A campaign against the double taxation of artists performing abroad should be “endorsed and supported” by Equity according to union members.

Christie Clifford, a member of Humberside variety branch put forward the motion at Equity’s Annual Representative Conference and called for those present to support the campaign being led by trade organisation the Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe (Pearle).

Pearle wants to stop performers from being taxed both within the country they are working as well as their country of residence.

To achieve this, the organisation is fighting for a section within a historic treaty - aimed at preventing double taxation - to be abolished, because it applies different rules to performers than other professionals working abroad.

The section, Article 17, which allows performers to be taxed twice and then apply for a tax credit in their home country, was designed to stop tax evasion among high-earning artists and sportspeople.

Pearle is calling for this section to be removed because it claims it is a “major hindrance” for the arts sector.

The motion was passed unanimously.