Paradise Papers: F1 champion Lewis Hamilton ‘dodged’ VAT on £16.5m private jet

Media captionParadise Papers: How Lewis Hamilton got a £3.3m VAT refund

Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton avoided tax on his £16.5m luxury jet, according to Paradise Papers documents.

They show a £3.3m VAT refund was given after the Bombardier Challenger 605 was imported into the Isle of Man in 2013.

It appears a leasing deal set up by advisers was artificial and did not comply with an EU and UK ban on refunds for private use – although he may have been entitled to one for business.

Hamilton’s lawyers say a tax barrister review found the structure was lawful.

They added it was not correct to say no VAT had been paid on any of the arrangements.

A statement later issued by the racing driver’s representative said: “As a global sportsman who

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