John Stokdyk reviews the latest episode in a concerted drive by the BBC to focus on tax evasion techniques. This time, "sham" company directors and look-the-other-way providers of complex shelter structures were given the hidden camera treatment.
Over the past 10 years, Richard Murphy at Tax Research UK, Richard Brook at Private Eye, The Guardian/Observer and The BBC’s Panorama have pushed detailed analysis of tax avoidance into the media mainstream.
This campaign’s impact on the political and professional landscape has not always been comfortable for tax practitioners of all types, but the output has always been of interest for specialists to see how well the media grasp the topics in hand, and what new things they can show us.
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