Angela Knight has been head of the Treasury's Office for Tax Simplification since 2015, when George Osborne gave her the job, charging her with "simplifying the UK tax system".
VICE reports that since February 2018, Knight has been Deputy Chairman of the Astana Financial Services Authority in Kazakhstan. Her job is to help this board regulate the "Astana International Financial Centre" (AIFC), a tax haven being set up by the President of Kazakhstan.
Does this matter?
Some argue that tax havens facilitate not only tax avoidance (perfectly legal) but tax evasion and money laundering (both of which are illegal).
However, fear not, a spokesperson said:
"The appointment to the Astana Financial Services Authority was fully declared, considered appropriate, and entered on Angela Knight's register of interests. The role in Kazakhstan involves advising the Kazakh authorities on how to improve their governance and financial regulation."See, nothing to see here at all!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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