Timmy has conprehensively fisked the latest statement from the vile and evil Richard Murphy, but your humble Devil thought that he'd also throw in a comment or two—I have commented at Murphy's site, but the man is no fan of free speech (well, he is a socialist) and so it may not appear.
Amazingly the actual submission only refers to avoidance in the context of tax consultations. The word evasion does not appear, and there is not a single reference to tax havens.
There is however considerable concern that over very small bands of income the top marginal rate of income tax in the UK will in 2011 be 60% about which they say this:raises the concern as to whether the projected increased revenue will materialise
Or in other words they raise the implicit threat that they will seek to subvert the will of Parliament through tax avoidance.
For fuck's sake, here we go again...
Tax evasion is illegal, Richard, you moron.
Tax avoidance, however, is taking advantage of the specific tax exemptions that Parliament, through legislation, has created and approved.
One could therefore say, were one going to take a ridiculously binary position, that not to take advantage of said exemptions is actually "subverting the will of Parliament".
Now, I know that Richard has previously maintained that tax evasion and tax avoidance are effectively the same thing, because he is a statist wankshaft, but Richard Murphy does not make the law (thank fuck)—Parliament does.
I would love to declare, unilaterally, Richard, that Being A Whingeing Socialist Shitstick is illegal but, alas, the fact that I have declared Being A Whingeing Socialist Shitstick illegal does not actually make Being A Whingeing Socialist Shitstick illegal. Unfortunately.
Because, you see, there has actually been no law passed by Parliament that says that Being A Whingeing Socialist Shitstick is illegal. Do you see?
And Parliament does not view tax avoidance as being illegal because it is Parliament that has made it legal. Through passing laws.
I know that this might be a difficult concept for a fantasist such as yourself to grasp but, believe me, it is the way that our legal system works.
So, by claiming that tax avoidance is illegal, when our Parliament has specifically declared it to be legal, it is you, in fact, who are "subverting the will of Parliament". You fucking stupid little cock.
UPDATE: Richard Murphy is a tax avoider.
Richard, could I point out that you actually indulge in tax avoidance? Parliament has said, through various legal instruments, that you have to pay about 40% of your earnings in tax. These laws say that you are allowed to keep the rest.
These same legal instruments set the law regarding those tax avoidance schemes that you consider to be wrong. Why is it that you consider some of these laws to be right and some wrong?
Let us see you put your money where your mouth is, Richard; you are allowed to pay extra tax (in 2007, six people did: were you one of those, Richard?).
Simply send your contribution to:
The Accountant, HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ
If you believe that tax avoidance is wrong, Richard, I fully expect you to send all your money to that address. Do remember to say what you'd like your contribution to be used for, Richard; they will send you a thank-you letter, which is nice, isn't it?
I also call on you to publish the proof of doing this on your blog—you could publish the thank-you letter, for instance. Either publish the proof that you have sent all of your money to HM Treasury, Richard, or shut the fuck up about tax avoidance being wrong.
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Enjoy the wisdom of Richard Murphy in bite-sized chunks! And then realise that he influences government policy! And that therefore Richard Murphy and his minions are therefore partly responsible for the fucked up economic situation!