I’m the expert and I dunno

I’ve written two books on tax havens, and the honest answer is that tax havens come in so many varieties that it is very hard to define what one is.

That leaving Snippa to argue that his roses failing are the result of tax havens. Because if we can’t define it it’s everything, innit?

10 thoughts on “I’m the expert and I dunno”

  1. The very fact that Norway is presented on a list of ‘tax havens’ leads me to the conclusion that the Tax Justice Network were a bunch of Far Left academics frustrated that there was no market for their politics with the General electorate who resorted to reinventing themselves as a sockpuppet pressure group to try and gain a disproportionate degree of influence. And through the Hard Left monopoly on academia and social media ‘mobthink’ that aim has been fulfilled to a remarkable degree. No great credit to Murphy but the narrative that out there there is a huge degree of tax avoidance is widely believed.

  2. “…out there there is a huge degree of tax avoidance is widely believed practised.

    Dunn’at give you a wonderful warm affection for human nature?

  3. Dennis, Author of the Tay Bridge Tax Return

    I’ve written two books on tax havens, and the honest answer is that tax havens come in so many varieties that it is very hard to define what one is.

    Maybe this is me being a pendant, but wouldn’t you want to figure out the definition of a tax haven before your wrote two books about them?

  4. My favourite tax havens are ISAs, pensions, and National Savings and Investments.

    If anyone here can tell me how to begin planning to expatriate some capital before HMG tries to snaffle it, I’d be grateful. Alas, we’re not talking much money (which makes it especially valuable to us).

  5. In some solonaceous circles, the Netherlands are a tax haven. Sadly it looks as if the Overton window might be shifting. Farewell ISA, farewell pension relief. Given that Sirwouldbe Spud is such a great example of revealed preference, his recent obsession with pension relief kind of suggests that he has not saved up for retirement, doesn’t it? Did his wife get it as part of the settlement? Will he join the Fathers for Justice protestors and lash himself to a motorway gantry, if there is one strong enough to support his weight?

  6. It’s one of the problems with the left. They want to expand definitions as widely as possible to make any position look as bad as possible. Poverty, tax Havens, whatever.

    Then the general public see that the UK, Netherlands, Ireland and parts of the US are considered Tax Havens and that fat people with cars and 40 inch plasma TVs are living in poverty and decide there can’t be a real problem.

  7. I think the definition of a tax haven in their eyes is simply any place where the government can’t simply look at someone and tell them how much they want them to pay and force them to hand it over. The old viking raids might be considered a model of good tax policy.

  8. I’ve written two books on tax havens, and the honest answer is that…
    I recommend you not to buy them

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