"David Gauke has said that the government will name and shame wealthy people who use "aggressive" tax avoidance schemes."Well blinkey blonkey blimey, a mere three days later and HMRC have named, shamed and published a photo of a taxpayer who has been found guilty and sent to jail for a year for tax evasion (£50K or thereabouts).
This was of course tax evasion (ie a crime) and, as such, jail etc is the probable/possible outcome (depending on the severity of the crime etc).
However, I am a tad perturbed though that HMRC were so keen to not only name and shame him but also publish his photo. Whilst a criminal does not usually have the right to anonymity, it seems a tad hypocritical of HMRC given that they keep banging on about taxpayer confidentiality when it comes to Vodafone et al.
Oh I didn't mention what the tax evader did for a living, he's not banker or such but a plumber (hence, probably, Gauke is so excited about cash in hand as he sees a soft target).
It is "ironic", is it not, that some criminals have their identities protected (lest their human rights or safety be threatened), yet HMRC happily publish the picture of a plumber?
Funny old world!
In other news, Barclays have today said sorry for rigging Libor and have announced that underlying first-half pre-tax profits rose 13% to £4.23BN.
So all is right with the world, yes?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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