A hairdresser, a coach operator and a knitwear manufacturer were on a list of nine “deliberate tax defaulters” published by HM Revenue and Customs.
Ministers and tax specialists said the move showed there was “increasingly no place to hide from the taxman”.
But there were no large corporations on the list and the total amount owed came to less than £1 million.
Excellent. And here it comes, eh?
The move comes after evidence of minimal UK corporation tax payments by multinationals such as Starbucks and Amazon has catapulted tax to the top of the political agenda.
Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Commons public accounts committee, said the publication of the list was an “amazing” step forward by the taxman.
“Publicly naming and shaming does act as a deterrent, as we demonstrated over the Starbucks and Amazon hearing,” she said.
“But I hope they’re not just focusing on individuals and small businesses. Whilst they should pay all tax due, I think the general public does not want to see big global corporations getting away with it.”
Margaret, Lady Hodge, is either ignorant here or lying for political advantage. For absolutely no one at all is claiming, no not even Ritchie, that those corporations are evading tax in a manner that breaks the law of the land. The two things are not the same. Flouting the law of the land is one thing, obeying it another.