After it was revealed F1 driver Lewis Hamilton will not be investigated by the Formula 1 Association (FIA) for wearing a t-shirt featuring the words ‘Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor’, the HMRC have stepped in to investigate if he’s actually paid VAT on it.
HMRC spokesman, Barabus Valentine, said, “Whilst we fully support – and strongly agree with – Mr Hamilton’s stance on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, we cannot condone the colourful accounting measures for which he is notorious.
“Due to Mr Hamilton’s past attempts at avoiding VAT on his own jet, we feel we must thoroughly investigate if Mr Hamilton’s t-shirt has had the requisite value-added tax of 20% placed upon it.
“Obviously, we imagine Mr Hamilton’s accountants will try to argue that the t-shirt falls under the tourism industry and we would like to state strongly that it does not.
“We expect the full £3.50 to have been paid and included on the till receipt and will check further that it is not reclaimed when he submits his tax return.”