Category Archives: Fair Tax Mark

Hypocrisy? Surely not…

This is from Richard Murphy’s post which flounders in trying to reconcile Fair Tax Mark’s consideration of obtaining EIS relief for investors: But let me go back to Nick James’s point: whilst the law is as it is you sometimes have to … Continue reading

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Comment on Fair Tax Mark’s latest post

I simply had to post a comment on this. I’m not well and in a filthy mood, so I’m not sure how coherent it is, but this is my comment: In relation to your fourth point: Most of the people I … Continue reading

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Is the Fair Tax Mark mathematically sound this time?

The maths in the original Fair Tax Mark was unsound. In one line of the calculation an “average” (henceforth known as ‘Method B’ for reasons that will become apparent) was effectively calculated by the following formula: (Rate 1 + Rate 2 … Continue reading

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Fair Tax Mark and tax gap estimates

I cannot stress enough how relevant I think this post from Christie Malry is. When I looked at the original Fair Tax Mark methodology, which is now referred to as the “pilot study”, I had a good idea of what … Continue reading

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Fair Tax Mark? I still don’t think so…

Methodology is key for any recognition of quality. For example, membership of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, entitling the individual to call themselves a Chartered Tax Adviser, is considered to be the “gold-standard” in professional qualifications in taxation. Its methodology … Continue reading

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Fair Tax Mark consultation response

Here’s my response to the Fair Tax Mark consultation: 1. Do you think the Fair Tax Mark adequately assesses tax fairness and transparency based on publicly available information? The basis of the FTM methodology is the use of an “expectation gap”. … Continue reading

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Fair Tax Mark starts looking for consensus after all…

Following my piece in Economia, Richard Murphy denounced me as an enemy of free speech for suggesting trying to build a bit of consensus and then the Fair Tax Mark began openly looking for consensus over its methodology… Overall, I’m … Continue reading

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Thanks for the comments regarding the Fair Tax Mark debate

I’m still amused from Richard Murphy’s post from Monday for being accused of oppressing freedom of speech. I am also very grateful for those who have stood up for some of the things I was trying to explain in the … Continue reading

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Any bias will do?

Richard Murphy’s blog post yesterday about my piece in Economia on the Fair Tax Mark was a bit of an odd one. I must say, I never thought that anybody could regard an attempt to encourage communication as an attack … Continue reading

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Thanks to Economia!

Thanks to Economia for publishing my piece on the Fair Tax Mark. I’ve had some very good responses to it so far. Just in case this never sees the light of day, a while ago I posted this reply to Richard … Continue reading

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