Category Archives: Ranting

A few comments on the TUC’s GAAR research

So, I got a little bit angry at reading the TUC’s research on the GAAR. The first thing that irked me was the TUCs claims about HMRC’s estimates of how much the GAAR will raise. Now, I would guess that the … Continue reading

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

I decided to have a bit of a look at the methodology behind the Fair Tax Mark today. I’ve only spent an hour looking at it but I have to say that it really isn’t very representative of… well… anything … Continue reading

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Science, morality, tax and a monkey with a gun

This post is a bit weird, so you should know two things before you read it: I’ve already written this post once but WordPress ate it. It was already weird and probably will only have got more so in the … Continue reading

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Tax is state-sponsored theft is a reasonable view apparently

I had a bit of a read of the GAAR guidance yesterday and I was relatively unsurprised with what was in there. It seems straightforward to me, but there are a few areas of concern. The first is the attempt … Continue reading

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Random Starbucks rant

I haven’t had too much time recently so I’ve not blogged… But I saw this a little while back: The Tax Dodgers “database”. Of course, I had to have a read… Reading through the Starbucks bit I saw the same … Continue reading

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The immorality of ISAs

If the current debate on tax avoidance has cleared up one thing it is this: ISAs are not tax avoidance. I don’t think it was ever otherwise but… are they moral? The accusation levelled time and again at businesses “not … Continue reading

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Rule of law

If there’s any element of morality worth discussing with respect to tax avoidance, I think it needs to be done under the heading of ‘rule of law’. It’s something that was raised by Nigel Mills MP at this week’s House … Continue reading

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Starbucks tax unavoidance

I was having a read of Martin Hearson’s blog which links to my slightly deranged post about “surviving the witchhunt”… In my defence, I was in the third hour of being stuck on a train at the time of writing … Continue reading

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Public Accounts Conditioning

Although yesterday’s PAC was quite amusing, I’m not sure exactly how valuable a couple of hours was spent watching it. I don’t think anything that came from any of the witnesses was particularly shocking. I think Matt Brittin put in … Continue reading

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Tax avoidance, complexity and nihilism

I find the debate on tax avoidance quite interesting. Not so much for the substance of the debate, but the manner in which people debate it. I think there’s quite a disconnect when you see people who are livid about … Continue reading

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