Friday, 22 June 2012

Tax avoidance Like the Slave Trade

Question Time asks a question:

To which I respond:

Which gets retweeted:

And then the anger starts:


  1. you should see a doctor...

  2. Welcome to the blog Anonymous, I hope that you stick around. Thank you for the advice but I am fine and in no need of medical assistance at this time.

  3. I liked Danny Alexander's input on the topic.

    He said "people who are deliberately going out of their way to try and bend the rules to avoid tax, are the moral equivalent of the people who cheat the benefit system."

    I wonder if he had in mind the chap who told Parliament's expenses people that a property he owned was his second home so he could claim expenses but then told HMRC that it was his main home so he didn't pay CGT when he sold it.

    That chap was of course Danny Alexander.

    All within the rules of course.

    1. What it boiled down to was that MPs were abusing their unique position by enriching themselves using taxpayer's money. It is of course hypocritical for those involved with this to dish out moral judgements. In Carr's case, he paid the tax he legally had to and therefore it was never taxpayer's money in the first place.

    2. I agree with that last point. Avoiding tax is keeping more of your own money. To compare that with benefit fraud, which is stealing other people's money, is absurd.

      I agree with Lord Clyde

      ‘No man in this country is under the least obligation, moral or otherwise, so as to arrange his legal relations to his business or to his property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel into his store’

      (Lord Clyde in Ayrshire Pullman Motor Services & Ritchie v CIR, 1929)