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……