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Gary Barlow apologises for tax avoidance scheme

Gary Barlow has apologised to fans after he was found to be involved in a tax avoidance scheme.

The singer was criticised earlier this year after it was discovered that he was one of 1,200 celebrities who were part of a tax avoidance strategy run by a company called Liberty.

The Brit took to Twitter on Tuesday (September 2) after a prolonged absence to apologise to his followers for the tax scheme, which is maintained by a network of offshore companies.

He said: "Hey everyone! I'm back from 7 productive weeks in the US and I'm back on twitter! I've had a break from twitter after someone hacked my account and some very upsetting and disturbing text was written. Over the Summer I've remembered that I have so many supporters, friends and fans on here so why let 1 person ruin all the fun.

"I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by the tax stories earlier this year. With a new team of accountants we are working to settle things with all parties involved ASAP."

Barlow then added: "We have been working since the new year on a new Take That studio album. We are extremely excited about it! It has been 4 long years since the last one. It's so nice to be back in the band!"

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