How extraordinary that these other 457 clubs should be standing behind Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club, with good old KPMG acting for them. Why Bridport?
- Is it because Bridport is high up on the cliffs overlooking the English Channel – ready to attack Europe? No!
- Is it because Bridport is first in the alphabet of clubs in the case? No!
- Is it because KPMG act for Bridport as their auditors? No!
Wrong on all three counts. The simple reason is that Bridport is probably the only golf club in England paying tax on its green fees. The others are invariably on the fiddle. Put simply, Bridport took some £90,000 in visitors’ fees and the pitch and putt course and paid in excess of £5,000 in corporation tax on this income. Sunningdale, by contrast, took over £1.3 million in visitors fees and pocketed the lot – no tax. KPMG needed to front the case with a club whose accounts would stand up to scrutiny by the judge at the First VAT tribunal. If KPMG had gone for any of the others the judge might have realised he was dealing with tax cheats!
You see Bridport record in their accounts that they arrived at a formula with the Inland Revenue in 1992 on how they would pay tax on green fees and pitch and putt. It’s probably too low but at least they pay something! We think they are the only club in England paying tax on green fees. The only other club that seems to pay tax is Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
So we are exhibiting the accounts of Bridport from 2011. They should be sent to the golf museum as an example of a golf club actually paying tax on green fees.
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