Musicians demand sports star tax breaks

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Leaders of the UK’s tops orchestras and musicians’ groups have called on the government to relax the “aggressive tax regime” visiting foreign musicians face, in line with the tax break elite athletes have been granted for special sporting events.

In a letter to The Telegraph, the group said their major cultural events and festivals were no less relevant than the Champions League Final or the London Athletics Grand Prix.

The letter reads...


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Leaders of the UK’s tops orchestras and musicians’ groups have c    3 thanks

mikefleming3028 | | Permalink

Now that HMRC via Mr Gauke has introduced the morality card into the mix in deciding what is and what is not liable to tax how can such an exemption be justified? Are we or are we not all in the same leaky boat? If the Treasury are serious about enforcing universal Compliance with our Tax and Benefit Laws then it should be the same level of Compliance for all without exception. Once one group is granted special treatment then it undermines the whole whole concept of the publics voluntary participation in both the collection and payment of tax or have the powers that be lost their Moral Compass and replaced it with a Weather Vane?   

Equality is all I ask    2 thanks

secondhand_22 | | Permalink

You can't do a deal for Bolt (as headlined) but no one else.

Either everyone pays tax or no one pays tax.  Which is it to be?

Or do we continue down the road of seeking childish, ill thought out headlines, expressing condolences to jailed fictional soap characters in the HoP (Blair) and fiddling expenses and putting on shows whilst the country burns?

Oh yeah, that one :(

Madness    1 thanks

ds | | Permalink

You really couldn't make it up, it seems like NuLabour are still in charge then ?


Can it be right that Osborne can hand out tax exemptions to whoever he likes ?


The ship is still sinking...

Atlas Shrugged

secondhand_22 | | Permalink

Well, not quite - I'm just having a coffee break! Hoho!

Where Atlas Shrugged is relevant is that the state made a lot of onerous laws backed up by harsh sentences if they weren't obeyed.  But the laws always had an exemption attached that  the state could use if it wanted to favour someone/ensure the rules didn't apply to them.

It means that people in the country aren't on a level playing field - rather those who successfully obtain exemption (by lobbying for example) have a massive advantage over us 'plebs' who just have to follow the law as we find it.

As I say, our laws should apply to everyone or no one - no illogical differentiations - otherwise its not fair