Yesterday our old friend David Gauke said that the government will name and shame wealthy people who use "aggressive" tax avoidance schemes. Gauke went on to say that companies offering such products will be forced to hand over details of their clients.
Today he continued with his "moral crusade", by stating that it is morally wrong to pay tradesmen cash in hand in the expectation of receiving a discount of the tax evaded.
Quite how he intends to stop that I don't know.
However, whilst he is so keen on moralising about the behaviour of others he might care to look to his own domestic arrangements.
Guido Fawkes points out the following:
"Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke writing in The Times this morning says that they are going to name and shame tax dodgers. He also gives examples of what is fair and what is not:On the subject of companies that offer tax avoidance advice, Gauke may care to have a word with his wife. Guido Fawkes notes the following:
Legitimate use of reliefs, for example taking out a tax-free ISA, is not tax avoidance. Buying a house for personal use through a company to avoid stamp duty, on the other hand, clearly is. Morally repugnant practices such as this are where the Government is cracking down.David Gauke MP claimed £10,248.32 expenses back from taxpayers to avoid paying the stamp duty and fees involved in the purchase of his home in London. Not only is that in his own words “morally repugnant”, it is beyond hypocritical to lecture others against doing what he himself did. It is shameless."
"Gauke’s wife Rachel is a professional support lawyer for Lexis Nexis, a company which boasts of its ability to “support every tax practitioner on the front line as they deal with the tax collector“.As I stated in June, avoidance is a perfectly normal human thing to try to do, the politicians are not in a position to lecture the rest of us on "morality." A politician lecturing us on morality is as natural as a cat walking on its hind legs.
According to her personal profile Rachel “specialises in corporate tax law…and has advised on corporate restructurings, M&A, investment funds and finance“.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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