A little thought for our favourite retired accountant

All this talk of the tax gap….how huge it is.

Some part of it is people taking entirely valid allowances (from tax planning to tax avoidance), some part of it is people just late paying (from simple sloth through to bankruptcy) and the largest part of it is outright tax evasion.

Now, yes, people should obey the law.

However, pointing to the rising amount of tax evasion isn\’t, as Ritchie seems to think, just an example of an increasing number of scofflaws.

It\’s also an indication of the number of people who think that current tax rates are too high, are unjust.

Which is an interesting thought really: all his shouting about how the tax gap is growing is evidence that tax rates are too high……

6 thoughts on “A little thought for our favourite retired accountant”

  1. “It’s also an indication of the number of people who think that current tax rates are too high, are unjust.” Oh aye; and rising mugging rates would indicate that rising numbers of people think that the laws on property are unjust, I suppose? What intellectual discontent lies behind rising stabbing rates, I wonder?

  2. Actually, yes, rising crime rates would indicate, in part, that people don’t view the law as just. And it’s a point you hear often – that people in certain areas feel “alienated” or view the police as hostile, etc. There’s consensus across the political spectrum on that one.

    Yet for obvious reasons our socialist friends refuse to apply that thinking to tax laws.

  3. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    Here’s a question: why should we obey the law? Perhaps I’d better put that more forcefully; WHY THE FUCKING FUCK SHOULD WE OBEY THE LAW? If you obey the law, you will have to do myriads of things you don’t want to do, and have thousands of public-sector parasites harassing you and sticking their thieving hands in your pockets all the time.

    If you don’t, your punishment will be…nothing. Fines you don’t have to pay. Community service you don’t have to perform. ‘Suspended’ sentences that will be suspended forever. So I repeat my question: why should we obey the law?

  4. I am a self-employed barrister, and most of my work is publicly-funded.

    At present, both the CPS and the Legal Services Commission, the two principal monopoly purchasers of my labour, are en masse withholding payment of barristers’ fees. Plainly this is to balance their books. They use us, with increasingly painful effect, as a free credit facility. Forget payment within 14 or 28 days, which has never been the norm at the bar, we are talking months and months to pay.

    Currently I am permitted to pay tax on what I am paid, rather than on what I earn. Next year I will be expected to pay tax on what I earn, irrespective of whether I am paid.

    Which raises an interesting point: if HMG is no good for its debts to me, will I nonetheless fall foul of tax law, and perhaps even be prosecuted, for failing to pass back that element in tax which falls thus to be paid?

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