Danny Alexander should Stop Consorting with Tax Avoiders
I received a flyer for an event today. It’s for people seeking to avoid tax, entitled “Are you Paying Too Much Tax”. I had the usual feelings of revulsion for people who try to avoid paying their share back to the society that allows them to become wealthy. Then I had a look at the website of the organisation responsible for this, the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association. It looks predictably moneyed. There’s a guide on how to snare animals and one on “Good Shooting Practice”.
But it was the invitation to one of their members’ meetings that really shocked me.
They’re hosting The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander at a regional meeting.
That’s right. The man responsible for carrying out with some great enthusiasm the ‘savage cuts’ Nick Clegg is so desperately keen on is addressing a meeting by an organisation that runs events on avoiding tax.
The Liberal Democrats have spent the past five months lecturing us on the need to reduce the deficit. To reduce the deficit they’ve planned a wide range of unpleasant, unpalatable and downright nasty schemes. These schemes are mostly focused on attacking the poorest – as the Institute for Fiscal Studies concluded.
There is, to borrow a phrase, another way. That’s to raise taxes. Or at least collect the taxes that the very wealthy owe. And if you can afford to take a day and spend £85 plus VAT on finding out how to avoid tax, I’m assuming you’re pretty wealthy. But this government seems positively keen to consort with people who’d rather avoid tax than pay their share.
We at Bright Green like to give people a chance. That’s why we’re calling on Mr Alexander to pull out of meeting with a tax avoidance organisation. His email is email@example.com if you’d like to drop him a quick message telling him how much better it would be if he stopped consorting with tax avoiders.
We wouldn’t want to be left with the conclusion that the Liberal Democrats are interested in destroying public services, would we?
People’s wages are generated from their participation in economic activities that require a society to turn a profit. You can’t sell surplus food from your land if you don’t have anyone to sell it to. Therefore society has the right to share in your profit. That’s what tax is.
I’ve no idea who the members of this association are, but I do know that they aim to avoid tax. That means they’re not paying for as much of our public services as they could. They could pay a little more really quite comfortably.
I don’t know what you think a green development is, but most (the Leith Biomass plant aside) *are* public services. They improve the quality of life for members of the public. Unlike shooting estates, which only do so for the very wealthy and snaring which does so for no-one at all.
Hang on. People’s wages are theirs – they don’t belong to the State
Lets just remember who funds public services – many of them are members of this association that you so despise
Bet it doesn’t stop you and your cronies lobbying for public subsidies for ‘green’ developments though? Might that money not be better sepnt on public services?
That’s exactly what I meant. I’d much rather some rich landowners with shooting estates paid a little more tax, than that we cut services.
Perhaps ‘tbm’ would prefer cuts to vital public services? Or more taxes on those not wealthy enough to own rural property…
No-one is saying that the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association is breaking the law. They are not. But a party which is counting the public finance pennies should not consort with an organisation whose activity will reduce the amount of money in the public finances.
How many times does it have to be said?
Tax evasion is illegal.
Tax avoidance is not. It’s what your accountant advises you to do in an effort to minimise the total taxation on your (usually hard-earned) money.
There is no virtue in paying more than you should. If there were, you should donate ALL your income to the taxman!