It would seem that HMRC is sticking its unwelcome nose into the honour system.
Tax avoiders face being shunned for honours such as knighthoods, as HMRC has been alerting the Cabinet Office to individuals involved in controversial tax schemes, with a memorandum of understanding obtained by the Times saying “poor tax behaviour is not consistent with the award of an honour”.
A document published on the Gov.uk website said the vetting process sees HMRC assign a low, medium or high risk rating to prospective nominees “to minimise the risk that prospective candidates have behaved in ways likely to bring the system into disrepute”.
The report said medium risk includes those whose tax affairs would be “likely to cause adverse comment”, such as “participating in one or more avoidance schemes”.
Now have I got this right, HMRC and the government are blocking honours for people who use legal tax avoidance schemes; yet happily dole out honours to the likes of Jimmy Savile, Fred Goodwin, Philip Green, HMRC's very own Lin Homer etc?
The rationale being that tax avoiders who are honoured would bring the system into disrepute, unlike Sir Jimmy Savile etc???
HMRC are having a larf surely???
Tax does have to be taxing.
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