I hope in that case that the distinction between tax avoidance and tax planning is now apparent. It comes down to motive. What is the person making the choice seeking to do? Are they trying to comply with the law, or are they trying to get around the law? My contention is a simple one. If you are trying to comply with the law then your actions are ethical. If you’re trying to get around the law then your actions are unethical.
Et voila, the Murphmeister is free!
Ritchie\’s motives are pure for he himself is pure. Thus, by definition, his actions are ethical.