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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tax Planning In Retirement

Now that Dave Hartnett has retired he can use his experience of HMRC and this country's complex tax affairs to help others.

My thanks to several loyal readers who pointed me to the fact that Dave spoke last Thursday in New College Oxford, at the gala dinner of the Key Haven Publications tax planning conference.

Unfortunately Dave's speech was interrupted when a group calling themselves WeAreTheIntruders, posing as employees of Goldman Sachs and Vodafone, presented him with a bouquet of flowers and the "Lifetime Achievement Award to Corporate Tax Planning", otherwise known as the "Golden Handshake".

A video of the scene has been made by the group. One diner is heard to say:
"You will depart immediately, before we set the dogs on you." 
Another a diner is heard calling the protesters "trespassing scum". 

All a tad puerile, as Hartnett retired from HMRC in July and is perfectly at liberty to attend and speak at whatever functions he wishes.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. A video of the scene has been made by the group. One diner is heard to say:

    "You will depart immediately, before we set the dogs on you."
    Another a diner is heard calling the protesters "trespassing scum".


  2. Ken, he retired on a pension pot funded by the public. Why is he not helping the Low Income Tax Group, or similar charity, for example?

  3. It's a damned shame Ken Dodd wasn't among the diners as it looks like most of his "Diddymen" were there from Knotty Ash!

    What next, Homer Simpson as a motivational speaker for non-performing public sectors, would never have a day off in a year!


  4. He looks visibly upset here which is a shame. It's still highly contentious whether the accusations are true (and we'll probably not find out till another 50 years or whatever) and it's sad that they've overshadowed a career where he presided over the collection of billions for the country.

    The second poster on here is 100% correct however. It's sad he now dines with the elite rather than the needy. He'll probably become the Mike Clasper of the private sector (only more of an economic asset in terms of legal avoidance!).