Category Archives: Rule of law

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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The PAC is just an echo chamber…

I feel I ought to be outraged about the Public Account Committee’s report on the role of the Big 4 accountancy firms in tax avoidance. For some reason I’m not. I think it’s just the inevitability of the outcome. 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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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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House of Lords evidence

I wasn’t going to bother publishing this here, but after today’s Public Accounts Committee session I changed my mind. Margaret Hodge has basically decided to ignore all the evidence provided by Troy Alstead from Starbucks and rely purely on rumours … 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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