Tax avoidance8 November 2017
At the very heart of our tax rules there is a fundamental distinction between tax avoidance (which is legal) and tax evasion (which is criminal). The first seeks to minimize the amount of tax you pay, the second not to pay what you are legally obliged to.
It is a strange thing when a Conservative government (stand up please Messrs Cameron and Osborne) announces that avoidance has now become evasion - strange, because surely it is the job of the government, helped by armies of accountants and lawyers, to draft and make laws that make avoidance difficult, if not impossible. If they aren’t doing this then they are not doing their job. That is what they are paid to do.
Why are the press joining in the fun of denouncing those that are doing only what is legal rather than holding to account those who are failing to do their job? It is a sad inversion of what the law is supposed to be about and what law makers are supposed to be doing.