Morning Ipswich Morning Star Captain Mainwaring in talking about Jimmy Carr’s tax arrangements.
I’m not going to comment on the soviet republic of Ipswich Politburo General Secretaries take on it because the media have confused the whole thing. Tax Avoidance is legal and Tax Evasion is illegal but the media has blurred the distinction by using the two terms interchangeably for both practices. As if the fact that the last Labour government made our tax system so complicated, people with PhD’s can’t make head or tail of it, wasn’t bad enough.
The tax system needs simplifying but if the present government simplified it Labour would claim that it was for the benefit of rich people like Ed Milliband, Harriet Harman, Ed Balls, Jack Dromy, Yvette Cooper etc.
I think that whatever any government does to stop excessive tax avoidance, a decent accountant would find a way around it. This does not mean the government shouldn’t try.