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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