Would you avoid tax if you could?

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  • 1jim
    1jim Posts: 2,663
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    JasonLVC wrote: »

    If I give you a sandwich then I'd expect you to eat it. I wouldn't expect you to sell it on to someone else for profit, feed it to the ducks or use it to absorb a spillage and yet you could do any of these things, but that is not why I gave you the sandwich.

    I see your point, but if someone gives me a sandwich it becomes my sandwich, what I do with my sandwich is my affair not theirs. It only really becomes an issue if you have told me not to sell the sandwich.

    In the Carr situation, it seems he had his sandwich, told the person who made the sandwich he was going to sell it/avoid eating it and that person essentially said yes that's fine, it's perfectly legal.
  • Harry_Flashman
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    Yes, I'll pay the absolute minimum in tax in any way possible - my family and I come first every time.
  • JasonLVC
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    1jim wrote: »
    But correct me if I am wrong, the Carr tax thing was neither a default or a wrongdoing. It was within the law as it stood so therefore legal and he had declared it to hmrc, so therefore should not have been named

    In fairness, HMRC haven't actually named him yet but no doubt they have a slam dunk case and will name him eventually...I'm not sure who 'outed' Carr, one of the newspapers I think and then Cameron got on the moral bandwagon so for once HMRC have done the right thing and kept schtum.
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  • JasonLVC
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    1jim wrote: »
    I see your point, but if someone gives me a sandwich it becomes my sandwich, what I do with my sandwich is my affair not theirs. It only really becomes an issue if you have told me not to sell the sandwich.

    In the Carr situation, it seems he had his sandwich, told the person who made the sandwich he was going to sell it/avoid eating it and that person essentially said yes that's fine, it's perfectly legal.

    If you're not going to eat the sandwich i gave you, then I'd like it back please:D ;)
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  • payup
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    I have never thought very highly of anyone who tries to avoid paying their due tax..I do not like paying some taxes ,but accept the status quo.Maybe we should have a tax payment amnesty and all of us pay up for once!!!! the amount that is due !!....That would of course need some basic honesty(the word honesty is in the dictionary ).
  • DalePie
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    Avoiding as much tax as possible legally is perfectly fine. Many of us pay way too much anyway!

    Avoiding tax illegally... that's not okay! Law is the law!
  • Harry_Flashman
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    DalePie wrote: »
    Law is the law!

    Directly dependant on the liklihood of getting caught ;)
  • What Jimmy Carr did was perfectly legal, I don't think it should be legal but it is, so it is the system that is at fault not him, I would do the same in his position!
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  • money-reform-now
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    edited 28 June 2012 at 2:45PM
    What a pointless question.......................shame on this website for playing along with the media driven "fudge the injustice" practices........WHY NOT TRY.....Do you agree that million/billionaires should have the ability to pay less tax in percentage terms than people on minimum wage, and to continue to AVOID contributing an equal share (in percentage terms) to the financial "taxpayer" funded support, that is currently facilitated to rescue a collapse, that was created by the very same million/billionaires? Y/N?

    Socialism for the rich.............Capitalism for the rest of you!
  • cfw1994
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    teffers wrote: »
    With how little I'm likely to / do earn then yes, I would reduce tax if I could.

    But if you earn huge amounts then no, you shouldn't.

    In reality, as always, the people who have the money can afford solutions that save them a fortune and it's the rest of us that pay to run the country.

    At what point would your mindset change?

    With respect, it is human nature to avoid tax, and I don't think that should be different if you earn £5 per hour or £2M per year!! This poll pretty well confirms that
    most would do what they can to minimise their tax payments, and that is absolutely right: governments for generations (centuries) have wasted money all over the place, why encourage them!!
    Plan for tomorrow, enjoy today!
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