Adele and Ed Sheeran ticket tout avoided paying UK tax

Sometimes there's nothing more frustrating than trying to buy tickets to see your favourite artist/band. You sit eagerly starring at a loading screen for a good half-hour just to reach the front the virtual queue. And shock (not) – you've wasted your time (again) – they've already sold out.

Although, it turns out this scenario is not relatable for one Canadian ticket tout.

Newly leaked documents from the Paradise Papers suggest that ticket tout Julien Lavallee has avoided paying UK tax on ticket sales worth over £100,000 by establishing his business, I Want Ticket Inc, in the Isle Man.

The papers also claim that the business bought more than £30,000 tickets for Adele's 2016 UK arena tour in December 2015, along with hundreds tickets for gigs by Ed Sheeran and Metallica.

"How?" is most likely what most you are wondering when reading that. How on earth has Julien managed to get his hands on thousands pounds' worth tickets, when you couldn't even get your hands on one?

Well, The Guardian reports that investigators looking into the touting industry believe Lavallee may have used computer stware to harvest tickets in bulk.

So, even though it looks like Lavallee may be getting away with fshore tax avoidance, and what he's done is not illegal, there are calls for a wider investigation about Lavallee. Bulk ticket bots are banned in the US, and are in the process being outlawed in the UK.

Lavallee has previously denied using 'botnet' technology and said he breaks no laws.


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