Sigh… Tax avoidance is legal. It is the obligation of every business enterprise to limit its exposure to tax for the benefit of the owners, partners and shareholders. This tax was never owed in the first place. Therefore, there is no cost to hmrc.
If the government is so opposed to tax avoidance schemes, then make them illegal, whereupon they become tax evasion, which is illegal.
The spending watchdog said tackling avoidance, which is not illegal, was difficult but HMRC must do better.
It should do no such thing. It should confine itself to collecting that tax which is due and no more.
The coalition government has made cracking down on tax avoidance and evasion one of its key priorities as part of efforts to boost the exchequer and reduce the deficit.
Note how the BBC links the two as if they are the same. They are not; avoidance is legal, evasion is illegal – there is no equivalence. And boosting the exchequer is not the only way to reduce the deficit. Slashing government spending, closing government departments en masse and generally living within their means would be a reasonable alternative, but one oft overlooked.
Avoidance is not only legal it is our moral duty. And I will take no lessons in morality from the dishonourable members on the green benches.