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[ 26 Jun 2012 | Comments Off ]
Jimmy Carr and the morality of tax avoidance

By James Wilson

Jimmy Carr and his K2 tax-minimising cohorts have attracted their share of detractors for using a tax-avoidance scheme which reduced the amount payable on their income to about 2%. It is a familiar debate: where is the line drawn between tax avoidance (legal) and tax evasion (illegal)? Is tax even moral to begin with? (Those of a libertarian disposition think that it is far too high at present, morally entitling or even obliging people to avoid as much as possible, whilst those of the old left think it …

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[ 28 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments ]
Green tax

By Neasa MacErlean
As we await the next Finance Bill, people with a green disposition have every right to feel impatient about the lack of progress on environmental taxation. The recent Budget followed the example of its predecessors in neglecting the area. In fact, with its help for motorists it set back the cause. Or am I being unfair?
If the UK is going to reduce its emissions it will have to create new tax laws to change behaviour. At the moment there is only a handful of specifically green taxes – …