Morally repugnant tax avoiders can rest easy under David Cameron | Tanya Gold

With insane hubris, a few treaties and a lot of money moving from tax haven to tax haven is called a success Lord Fink, the Tory donor (ennobled 2011) and party treasurer, who succeeded to the post after Peter Cruddas was caught out offering meetings with David Cameron for donations of up to £250,000, has […]


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Why morality is fashionable again

From David Gauke railing against cash payments for plumbers, to the prime minister criticising Jimmy Carr’s tax affairs, politicians and public figures can’t stop moralising. After decades of self-interest, ethics are suddenly a talking point again Not so long ago, it seemed that “morality” was a dirty word, or rather a word whose function was […]


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Five dilemmas in the money moral maze

A poll running on the Guardian website suggests that eight out of 10 people have paid in cash for services such as a plumber. Morally repugnant, or understandable when the rich routinely dodge their taxes? Here are five other money moral dilemmas to consider Treasury minister David Gauke is pretty clear where he stands on […]


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Tax avoiders may be ‘named and shamed’ by HMRC

Treasury’s proposed crackdown comes in the wake of the row over comedian Jimmy Carr’s tax affairs The Treasury will announce a crackdown on tax avoidance schemes on Monday in the wake of the row over the tax affairs of the comedian Jimmy Carr. Promoters of aggressive tax avoidance schemes may be forced to disclose client […]


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Top Tory donor linked to Carr tax scheme

Romangate tax shelter, part of Rushmore scheme, had both George Robinson and Jimmy Carr as directors One of the Tories’ biggest donors was signed up to a tax avoidance scheme that also included comedian Jimmy Carr, the Observer has established. The revelation is intensely embarrassing for David Cameron, who attacked the comic’s use of such […]


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Tax row: PM accused of ‘shooting from the hip’

Senior Tories say PM risks looking foolish after criticising comedian and staying silent on Gary Barlow’s tax affairs David Cameron has been accused of inconsistency and “shooting from the hip” by some Conservative MPs who criticised his decision to remain silent over Gary Barlow’s tax affairs after lambasting Jimmy Carr. As Downing Street said the […]


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Top Tory donor linked to Jimmy Carr tax scheme

Romangate tax shelter, part of Rushmore scheme, had both George Robinson and Jimmy Carr as directors One of the Tories’ biggest donors was signed up to a tax avoidance scheme that also included comedian Jimmy Carr, the Observer has established. The revelation is intensely embarrassing for David Cameron, who attacked the comic’s use of such […]


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Tax avoidance loophole that costs HMRC a small fortune

We shine the spotlight on the controversial ‘loans’ that allow high earners to shield much of their income from tax The claims made by specialist accountancy firms are beguiling. Running a successful business? You can cut your income tax bill to “virtually zero”. Earning a fortune? You can “have your cake and eat it”. Concerned […]


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David Cameron accused of ‘shooting from the hip’ in Jimmy Carr attack

Senior Tories say PM risks looking foolish after criticising comedian and staying silent on Gary Barlow’s tax affairs David Cameron has been accused of inconsistency and “shooting from the hip” by some Conservative MPs who criticised his decision to remain silent over Gary Barlow’s tax affairs after lambasting Jimmy Carr. As Downing Street said the […]


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