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Wednesday, 22 February 2012
The Face of HMRC
My compliments to Moira Stuart (the face of HMRC) for taking steps to ensure that her tax bill is minimised.
Ms Stuart has set up a company that entitles her to pay corporation tax at 21% on some of her earnings, rather than income tax at up to 50%.
HMRC have taken action against people who use these arrangements if they deem them to be "disguised employees".
However, the Telegraph quotes a spokesman for HMRC:
"Moira Stewart works on specific advertising campaigns for HMRC. She is not employed directly by us so there is no question of disguised employment."
Ms Stuart replaced Adam Hart-Davis as the face of HMRC. Adam Hart-Davis, was booted out by HMRC in 2008, as I wrote at the time:
"It seems that the recent comments by Mr Hart-Davis about wishing that the tax system was simpler, and describing VAT as "absurdly complicated", has not gone down well with HMRC.
Mr Hart-Davis, for good measure, then called for a flat rate tax and said that the merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise in 2005 was a mistake. His rationale being that the two departments were too large to "slam together"."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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