Financial advisers who helped figures such as Chris Moyles, the former BBC DJ, in attempts to avoid tax should face criminal charges, ministers have been warned.
Accountants called for the introduction of new laws to criminalise firms involved in complex tax avoidance schemes.
Their intervention followed the disclosure that Moyles, 40, claimed to be a second-hand car dealer in a failed attempt to avoid paying tax on £1 million. The former Radio 1 presenter had his “highly artificial” bid to escape an estimated £400,000 income tax bill rejected by a tribunal on Friday.
On Saturday Richard Murray of Tax Research LLP said Moyles would suffer “considerable embarrassment” as a result of his involvement in the scheme “and so he should”.
But he added: “The truth is that it is the advisers who are most at fault here. A now notorious firm of advisers created these schemes and others sold them.
“Moyles was foolish but these advisers knowingly created and sold tax risk with the intention of undermining the tax revenues of the UK. I believe that this should be a crime.”
One retired accountant from Wandsworth is now “accountants” is he?
And I’ll bet this hurt:
Richard Murray of Tax Research LLP
But after all that, look at what Ritchie is actually trying to argue. That it should be a crime to aid someone in obeying the law of this country. and who wants to live in that Curajus State?