I'm A Celeb's Ian Wright 'plans to use £400K to help pay £2M tax bill'

I’m A Celebrity’s Ian Wright ‘plans to use rumoured £400K cheque to help pay his £2M tax bill’… three years after revealing financial issues are ‘serious clouds in his skies’

  • The former Arsenal player, 56, has spoken in the past about his financial issues and how bad judgement from a financial advisers in the 1990s led to his woes
  • After jetting Down Under last week, he is getting stuck into his time in the jungle, where he is reportedly being paid £400,000 
  • Ian now works as a pundit on various football-related shows yet he confessed he is still working hard to pay off the eye-popping bill 

Football ace Ian Wright is said to be using his pay cheque from his I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here stint to pay off his massive £2million tax bill. 

The former Arsenal player, 56, has spoken in the past about his financial issues and how bad judgement from a ‘wave of financial advisers’ in the 1990s led to his woes. 

After jetting Down Under last week, he is getting stuck into his time in the jungle, where he is reportedly being paid £400,000.

Shock: Football ace Ian Wright is said to be using his pay cheque from his I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here stint to pay off his massive £2million tax bill

Ian now works as a pundit on various football-related shows yet he confessed he is still working hard to pay off the eye-popping bill. 

Accountants previously advised him to declare himself bankrupt however he insisted he would pay the cash to HMRC, who he brands ‘magnificent’.

He said: ‘I am one of the lucky ones because at least I can work to try and pay it off, which I am doing. But there are many big-name footballers of my age can’t.’ 

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Ian for comment.  

Tough times: The former Arsenal player, 56, has spoken in the past about his financial issues and how bad judgement from a ‘wave of financial advisers’ in the 1990s led to his woes (pictured in 1991)

Troubles: After jetting Down Under last week, he is getting stuck into his time in the jungle, where he is reportedly being paid £400,000

In his 2016 book A Life In Football: My Autobiography, Ian detailed the problems he has faced, saying: ‘The only serious clouds in those skies is the income tax issues that have been with me for a while now.’ 

Speaking of how many footballers of his generation fell victim to poor judgement and ill advice, he revealed he has fallen into problems with his tax.

He said: ‘I’m not a tax fraud, I am not a tax cheat, but at the moment I am at the complete mercy of the HM Revenue & Customs because of things that happened back then…

Troubles: In his 2016 book A Life In Football: My Autobiography, Ian detailed the problems he has faced, saying: ‘The only serious clouds in those skies is the income tax issues that have been with me for a while now’

‘The fact that it was bad advice and probably some financial skulduggery is not their concern; they want to get paid and my name is on the bill.’

After buying a whopping nine properties, he was left with just one – which he had bought for his mother Nesta – when his tax bill landed. 

He went on: ‘One after another, the taxmen were coming for me over my former properties because of something called ‘deferred tax’…

‘Essentially, means it hasn’t been paid. I put my trust in people who for 20-odd years didn’t give me the advice I should have got. I’ll be paying for that for a long time.’

Shining star: Ian now works as a pundit on various football-related shows yet he confessed he is still working hard to pay off the eye-popping bill (pictured at launch of adidas Uniforia the Official Match Ball for UEFA)

The news of his tax bill comes after it was revealed that Ian surprised children at his old primary school to secretly buy the kids football kits.

Last month, before heading to the jungle, he unveiled a commemorative plaque dedicated to his beloved teacher, Mr Sydney Pigden. 

When he found they were playing games in makeshift kits, he said: ‘While being shown around the school, he said: “Hang on, the school I went to hasn’t got a football kit? That ain’t right!” before splashing out on the clothing. 

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