We are experts in the field of international taxation of visiting entertainers and in particular touring artists. We can offer the full range of tax, accounting and planning services required by a visiting entertainer/musician as well as by UK resident entertainer/musician and including:


UK: Visiting Entertainers/Musicians:

  • Making applications to HM Revenue & Customs for Reduced Withholding Tax Arrangements to reduce the statutory Withholding Tax of 20% on gross income and certain other payments thus avoiding the necessity for final filing
  • Preparing final accounts and formal Tax Returns
  • Working with the talent’s business manager/lawyer to create favourable contractual frameworks within which to work including sponsorship, endorsement and merchandising
  • Organising and obtaining Withholding Tax certificates to ensure correctness and compatibility with the talent’s domestic taxing authority requirements
  • VAT from compulsory to voluntary registration and including maximising recoveries of VAT on business expenses
  • Cash flow management and other services as typically may be required such as vendor payments


Rest of World: Visiting Entertainers/Musicians:

  • Covering all aspects of Withholding Tax on a country by country basis beginning with a review of statutory exposure to consideration of tax planning opportunities, putting the tax saving measures in place and all follow-up issues as required
  • Providing a structure where necessary which can substantially reduce exposure in certain countries
  • Advising on Social Security issues and implementation to eliminate or minimise the liability
  • Final filing requirements when necessary e.g. France
  • VAT with the emphasis on maximising recoveries on business expenses
  • Cash flow management, vendor payments and other services as typically may be required

For more information about how we help people working in the music sector, please contact Bhavini Ratan.