My thanks to a loyal reader, who pointed me to this petition set up by Steve Lewis of Crickhowell, who wishes to be considered for the role of CEO HMRC.
I'm Steve Lewis, a former Army Officer and now a small business owner. I'm putting myself forward to be the next Chief Executive of the HMRC Board. It's about time that the Board, that is meant to scrutinise the way our Government enforce tax policy, stopped helping multinationals reduce their tax bills and started working for the British public and British small businesses to deliver fair tax for all - big and small.
I live in Crickhowell in Wales, with my wife Sam, and have run a local coffee shop for 11 years. It's a labour of love for us and a way of giving back to our community. We employ 12 great people, source all we can from local suppliers and pay our fair share of tax. We want to secure the future for our 6 children, and ensure our community flourishes.
The same can't be said for many multinationals. We've just taken part in the BBC2 Documentary: The Town that took on the Taxman and what I uncovered is that while I pay 20% of my coffee shop profits in tax many of the large coffee shop chains use legal loopholes to avoid tax or negotiate with HMRC to reduce their tax bill to 0%.
The playing field is not fair, it is not just and it damages our communities, but this month there is an opportunity to change it.
The Chief Executive of the HMRC Executive Board just stepped down. Instead of replacing her with a lifelong civil servant or someone cosy to big business - the Government should appoint someone who champions ordinary citizens and understands small businesses. That's why I'm putting myself forward and asking you to sign my petition and champion me as 'the people's taxman'.
I believe my 19 year military career, together with my 25 years of extensive corporate business experience, working with multinationals on ethical leadership, as well as running a small business in my community, puts me in a unique position to be a people's champion on the board of the HMRC.
I will have no fear or compromise in holding aggressive tax avoiders, tax abusers and tax bullies to account. Government officials rarely look outside for top jobs like this. So I'm going to need your help to convince them that the public want a new approach to fair tax.
Sign this petition and help tell HMRC the public want someone to speak for small business owners and hard working taxpayers.
Vote for the people's tax man!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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