Last Friday I mused on the "topsy turvy" nature of the world wrt "justice" not always being applied equally.
My thanks to Stuart Jones, a loyal reader, who picked up the ball and ran with it to produce an article that compared and contrasted the treatment of the plumber (who I wrote about last Friday) and Michael Shanly (a person who seems to be a tad wealthier and a tad more dishonest than the plumber):
"When sentencing property millionaire Michael Shanly (who features on the Sunday Times Rich List) to pay fines and compensation totalling £830,000,plus costs, for evading £430,000 of Inheritance Tax I was delighted to hear Recorder Rosamund Horwood-Smart QC say:As I noted last Friday, it's a Funny old world!
In this court there are no rules just for the rich and no rules just for the poor… the tax system relies on voluntary and honest disclosure of tax affairs and it applies to all equally.Shanly, whose fortune is estimated at £132m, had previously failed to disclose the Swiss offshore account to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) during a civil enquiry where he was found to owe HMRC around £2 million.
Contrast this with Melvyn Careswell, a self employed plumber, who evaded around £50,000 of Income Tax.
Despite pleading guilty to the offence he was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and had his photo published on the HMRC website at the bottom of the press release, something which my friend and fellow chartered accountant discusses on his website, HMRC is Shite.
Well thank goodness the poor are treated the same as the rich."
Tax does have to be taxing.
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