From the FT:
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) stepped up its crackdown on tax evasion on Tuesday, publishing its second list of “deliberate tax defaulters” on its website.
The list includes 15 names owing more than £25,000 in tax, including two pub landlords and a kebab shop owner.
Now I’m the last to deny that tax evasion is an issue. It is: a £70 billion issue.
But isn’t it odd that the multinational corporations we all now know cost the UK billions in lost tax didn’t top the list?
This is a list of tax evaders. People who are breaking the law. If the Murphmonster knows of multinational businesses which are doing so I\’d suggest he reports them to Plod.
As it is, no, it\’s not odd that this list doesn\’t contain such. For no one at all thinks that the multinationals are breaking the law. There are some who think that the law ought to be changed, this is true, but that\’s all rather different from breaking the law as it is.
Murph\’s got so wrapped up in his own rhetoric that he\’s not capable of spotting this real world difference between tax evasion and the normal stuff he whines about.