This was suggested by members of the PAC when they questioned Dave Hartnett and Edward Troup recently: It is hardly a new perception being an article of faith for the FSB and many others, says Simon Sweetman.
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Simon Sweetman was an inspector of taxes for 18 years. He left the Inland Revenue in 1989 to join Chartered Accountants Scrutton Goodchild & Sanderson, later part of Scrutton Bland, where he was successively a senior manager and later a partner. He has been an independent consultant since 2001. He is a former member of the tax policy unit of the Federation of Small Businesses and the small business working group of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
I thought I might look at something in the Budget, something simple that we can all understand.
Several legendary English cricketers, including key members of the 2005 Ashes winning team, are facing “very substantial” bills for payment of tax as a result of their involvement in film investments, the Guardian has learned.
Well you always complained, didn’t you, that people wouldn’t take an interest in tax. And now perhaps they do, says Simon Sweetman. Be careful, as they say, what you wish for.
The day the HSBC news officially broke I had this phone call from Radio 5 Live asking me to come on air and comment, says Simon Sweetman.
It seems that many ex-Premier League footballers are in financial trouble because of HMRC challenges to the film schemes they went in for in their days of high income,
First of all the person at HMRC who suggested taxpayers use Twitter to contact them because they can’t get through on the phone: Something which sounds to me like last resort black humour and just indicates as ever that you shouldn’t make jokes to the Daily Mail
Nearly Christmas so why not think about charity. Eh? Get that soft cozy glow, perhaps, says Simon Sweetman.
Boris Johnson has said that he is refusing to pay a US Capital Gains Tax assessment on the sale of his home in London, says Simon Sweetman.
Well we all know the story, don’t we? Migrants from Eastern Europe coming over here because of our over-generous benefit system and taking the bread from our mouths… not to mention living off our taxes. Or should we calm down and look at the facts?