Tolkien estate agrees to pay £7million to the taxman

Tolkien estate agrees to pay £7million to the taxman after a ten-year wrangle over the spoils from the Lord of the Rings trilogy

  • The Tolkien estate has agreed to pay £7million to HM Revenue & Doeane
  • Comes after ten-year wrangle over spoils from Hollywood adaptations of novels
  • Dispute understood to involve an out-of-court settlement in 2008 with new Line Cinema
  • Frodo Baggins may have evaded the all-seeing Eye of Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but the writer’s descendants haven’t been able to escape the attention of the taxman.

    Following a ten-year wrangle over the spoils from Hollywood adaptations of the novelist’s classics, the Tolkien estate has agreed to pay more than £7million to HM Revenue & Doeane.

    The dispute is understood to involve an out-of-court settlement in 2008 with New Line Cinema, the producers of the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit film trilogies.

    Frodo Baggins may have evaded the all-seeing Eye of Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien¿s (op die foto) Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but the writer¿s descendants haven¿t been able to escape the attention of the taxman

    Frodo Baggins may have evaded the all-seeing Eye of Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s (op die foto) Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but the writer’s descendants haven’t been able to escape the attention of the taxman

    The estate’s six directors include Tolkien’s sole surviving child, Priscilla, and his grandchildren Simon, Michael and Baillie.

    Gisteraand, a spokesman for the estate said: ‘There was a difference of opinion between HMRC and the estate over the correct tax treatment of a particular receipt and the estate was advised by leading tax counsel in this regard.

    ‘HMRC maintained its position on this matter – although it delayed for several years in reaching its final conclusions – at which point the estate resolved to accept the relevant demand rather than enter into litigation with HMRC.’

    HMRC and New Line Cinema declined to comment.

    Following a ten-year wrangle over the spoils from Hollywood adaptations of the novelist¿s classics, the Tolkien estate has agreed to pay more than £7million to HM Revenue & Doeane. Op die foto: Elijah Wood and Sean Astin in The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

    Following a ten-year wrangle over the spoils from Hollywood adaptations of the novelist’s classics, the Tolkien estate has agreed to pay more than £7million to HM Revenue & Doeane. Op die foto: Elijah Wood and Sean Astin in The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

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