Three members of Take That, the U.K. Backstreet Boys-esque boyband, are facing a huge bill for unpaid tax, and there have even been calls for frontman Gary Barlow to hand back a gong awarded by the Queen.
Barlow, along with bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen, and their manager Jonathan Wild, used music investment schemes primarily to avoid tax, a U.K. judge ruled on Friday. They paid £66 million (£111.5 million) into the schemes, and may now have to repay tens of millions of pounds between them to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the U.K.'s tax body.
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They are far from the first celebrities to get in trouble with the taxman. Martha Stewart, the lifestyle guru, was convicted of tax evasion and lying to prosecutors in 2004. Country music singer Willie Nelson had to go on tour and hawk memorabilia to repay $16.7 million in back taxes.