1. vicky said:

    It is true, but at the same time both are wrong and should be tackled. They both show the same characteristics, ie. greed, arrogance and selfishness.

    4th October 2009
  2. weggis said:

    you missed out VAT fraud and Carousel fraud and the like. These are currently costing far more than tax avoidance. C&E are no longer allowed to stamp down on these things courtesy of Tony Blair.

    4th October 2009
  3. Chris said:

    Tax avoidance is perfectly legal. Arranging one’s financial affairs to legally minimise the tax owed is justified and entirely legal. Tax evasion is not paying taxes through illegal means. Tax avoidance is made possible by stupid rules and laws which cost a lot of money to implement and police. A single flat rate of tax on ALL income would eliminate this (no separate NI, no separate capital gains, no separate inheritance tax, no tax breaks for this that and the other). It would also put many in HMRC out of work, and put many tax advisors (former HMRC employees?) out of work too.

    12th October 2009
  4. Tom Chance said:


    Thanks for the thoughts, I’ve edited the post to clarify the avoidance/evasion distinction!

    The trouble with flattening out the tax system is you can end up with a very inequitable system. It’s important to maintain a progressive, redistributive system that tackles poverty, carbon emissions, inherited wealth/power and the like.

    Can’t say I have a clear alternative mix of taxes in mind, though I’ve always liked the Green Party policy on the other side – radically simplifying the benefits system to introduce a single, unconditional citizens income payment received by every citizen.

    12th October 2009

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