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Comic Davidson declared bankrupt

 

Davidson hosted seven series of The Generation Game for the BBC

Comedian Jim Davidson has been declared bankrupt after failing to keep up payments on a £1.4m tax bill.

 

The 52-year-old comic said he had been struggling to meet payments of about £400,000 a year, but that HM Revenue & Customs refused to negotiate.

 

Davidson, who lives in Dubai, said he wanted to finish paying off the bill, now down to about £700,000, but had been "forced into this position".

 

A Revenue & Customs spokesman said it could not comment on specific cases.

 

"This is kind of a shock to me," Davidson told the BBC News website.

 

"The tax man has, for reasons best known to himself, pulled the rug out from under my feet.

 

"I am still pretty solvent. I just can't pay £700,000 right now."

 

He said he had been left unable to pay the £1.4m bill about four years ago owing to the expense of the earlier divorce from his fourth wife, Tracy Hilton.

 

His income then decreased sharply after he left the BBC's primetime Saturday show The Generation Game in 2002.

 

Davidson said he had been performing two UK tours a year to maintain annual repayments but he and his manager had felt that could not continue.

 

"You cannot keep going back to the same theatres," he said. "I don't want the tax man to put me in a position where my career looks as if it is failing, because it isn't."

 

He said Revenue & Customs refused his request to take a 12-month break from payments.

 

It also refused his offer of a final payment of about £450,000, he said.

 

Angry

 

"I wanted to pay my debts - I still do. I have paid the majority of this off," Davidson said.

 

"I wanted to be honest with the tax man - I offered to sell everything I have got. I just needed a bit of leeway. This is an old bill I have been struggling to pay off."

 

He added: "The taxman has forced me into this position - that's why I feel angry rather than sad and disappointed."

 

Davidson has appeared extensively on television, including as presenter of BBC's Big Break and The Generation Game.

 

He founded the British Forces Foundation charity in 1999 that funds entertainment for British troops worldwide.

 

He was made an OBE in 2001 for his services to charity.

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I used to work in the same building as Davidson -ran into him quite often and he was always very pleasant, no "LOOK AT ME" attitude

 

Never bought me a beer mind....................

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I used to work in the same building as Davidson -ran into him quite often and he was always very pleasant, no "LOOK AT ME" attitude

 

Never bought me a beer mind....................

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see???

 

this is what you pay your taxes for, if the man on the street didnt pay his PAYE then we at the Inland Revenue wouldnt have the resources to do these kind of things and raise the morale of the country.

 

*Ticks off Davidson...

 

now whos next....ahhhh yes.....Mr Clary

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