Tax avoidance = benefit scrounging - according to Nick Clegg.

 

"Today Mr Clegg will accuse middle class earners who pay accountants to minimise their tax bills of behaving like ‘benefit cheats’.
He will say that legal tax avoidance and illegal evasion are ‘just as bad’ as falsely claiming benefits, adding: ‘Both come down to stealing money from your neighbours."

Mail 20-9-10

Sources at HMRC suggested that “voice recognition analysis”, which alerts investigators when a caller claiming benefits sounds nervous, could be used to identify those seeking to mislead tax inspectors.

Telegraph 20-9-10

 

So - Mr Clegg wants to make legally arranging your affairs an "offence" and in one speech insults an entire profession and vast numbers of small business owners.

"Voice recognition analysis" is not accepted in courts and is, at best, little better than witchcraft based upon highly questionable pseudo-scientific theories which have been discredited time and again in the courts (particularly in the USA).   Despite this HMRC want to use it - which is one way of reducing phone calls because no sensible person would allow themselves to be falsly accused based on such mumbo-jumbo.

Clegg wants to harass innocent taxpayers, (particularly those with small businesses and paying the 50% tax rate), to intrusive investigations based on no facts whatsoever and actually wants to brand them as "criminals" for obeying the law.

I believe it is time the accountancy profession stood up to these bullying tactics and made it veery clear to government and to HMRC that we will not tolerate clients being harassed, villified, and threatened for doing what is totally legal.

 

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cupcake |
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ireallyshouldknowthisbut |

Nick Clegg?

andypartridge |

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cymraeg_draig |
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Another one in agreement

PennyC |

Other avoidance

neileg |

Or car share

PennyC |

The blurring of the edges

nogammonsinanundoubledgame |
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Small fish = Easy prey

frustratedwithhmrc |
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Definitions

bookhound |

Did anyone see Danny Alexander on BBC tv this morning?

taxhound |
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Most people are honest

ShirleyM |
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Tax evasion/avoidance

Gina Dyer |
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A Daily Telegraph

Guest1 |

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ireallyshouldknowthisbut |

Which of these is a "Fair Share" ?

frustratedwithhmrc |
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Politics of envy

gbuckell |

The Daily Telegraph gets it wrong again

malisajama |

Everyone avoids paying too much tax!

malisajama |

Where's the cut off Point

Stewie Griffin |
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So let's engage in a little "Tax Planning" shall we?

frustratedwithhmrc |
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You are charged with driving at 25mph in a 30mph zone.

cymraeg_draig |
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One thing

johnjenkins |
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Perfect

cymraeg_draig |
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Encouragement by the government for tax avoidance

ZXCVBNM |

Lie detectors

cymraeg_draig |
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Fair share

ThornyIssues |

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ACDWebb |
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I agree that the Daily Mail is full of hyperbole

frustratedwithhmrc |
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Reading tea leaves

cymraeg_draig |
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I'm not suggesting it is right to use dubious technology

ACDWebb |
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aggressive and sophisticated!!

slipknot08 |
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Simplification

mwngiol |
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Courts

cymraeg_draig |
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Isnt tax planning just getting it right?

The Minion |
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"Mr Loophole"

Karen Watson |

10%

cymraeg_draig |
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Under-reading

mikewhit |

Mr Loophole

MarionMorrison |
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Mr Loophole

Karen Watson |

Moral hazards & modern technology

cymraeg_draig |
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Random thought for the day

Wiganer Elaine |

Unholy Trinity

johnjenkins |
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Did you HAVE to remind us ...............

cymraeg_draig |
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Morals? What morals? ;-)

Karen Watson |

Karen

cymraeg_draig |
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Which one?

Karen Watson |

Voice recognition

johnjenkins |
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Karen

cymraeg_draig |
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You don't say...?

Karen Watson |