14/10/2014 09:50 BST | Updated 14/10/2014 10:42 BST

Alan Sugar Gives His Verdict On Celebrity Tax Avoidance: ‘It's Ignorance Not Stupidity'

Alan Sugar has given his thoughts on celebrities caught appearing to pay into tax avoidance schemes.

The ‘Apprentice’ boss has revealed that he does have some sympathy for stars who’ve been caught out, including Take That singer Gary Barlow and Jimmy Carr.

Gary faced calls for his OBE to be taken away following his tax avoidance scandal

However, a court ruling in May decided that the partnership was actually a tax avoidance scheme for the ‘ultra-rich’.

The singer tweeted with the message: “I want to apologise to anyone offended by the tax stories. With new accountants we are working to settle things with all parties ASAP.”

In 2012, Jimmy Carr came under fire when The Times reported that he had paid £3.3m into a legal tax avoidance scheme.

The comedian apologised on Twitter, writing: “I’m no longer involved in it and will in future conduct my financial affairs much more responsibly. Apologies to everyone.”

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