This really is most amusing from our favourite Irish tax exile:
Actually Bob, lots of us would like to lecture you on your tax morals if you don’t pay in full what somebody else living in the UK might owe. I stress we don’t know whether you do or not, but you had the option of saying you do and got angry instead, which makes me think you’ve got something to get angry about.
And candidly, in that case Lucy Bannerman was absolutely right to question you as she did. Paying tax in the right place at the right time is a principle inextricably linked to solving the problems of poverty in Africa – and elsewhere. You can build as many ditches as you like. But candidly if you set an example by tax avoiding then you undo all your good works.
It’s your choice though Bob. You’ve no need to get angry. You can just either drop the non-dom claim or pay up instead. It’s not hard.
Bob Geldof being a non-dom you see. So he pays full whack on all his UK income in the UK. This not being enough for the Murphmeister.
But there\’s more to it than this. The Murph has been insisting that actually, tax should not be paid upon this either domicile or residence basis. But upon citizenship. You have a passport from a place then you\’re gaining something from that citizenship and thus you should be paying tax to that State.
And the Murph is on an Irish passport. And Irish taxation of his sort of income would be higher than UK tax on said income. He is, therefore, an Irish tax exile.
He who would cast the first stone etc….