I don’t know about anybody else, but I am genuinely thrilled to be living through an age where accountancy is at the top of the news agenda. It’s brilliant.
Taxation is a sore subject because it is, basically a souped up version of the argument at the end of a restaurant lunch - where a group of work colleagues start going, “Well, I only had a main and one glass of wine.” while someone else gets out their iPhone and starts sourly smashing away at SplitTheBillWithPedants app.
The only difference is that when we divvy up the tax bill, of course, we don’t invoice people for what they’ve eaten - but we base it on how rich they are, instead.”
[The principle of tax]…is one that can be very easily countered with a ninja move. For the common and logical defence of tax avoidance schemes….is that they are…PERFECTLY LEGAL
In the interests of balance, however, I should point out that it’s also PERFECTLY LEGAL to be a total s*** - but that no one will ever thank you for it. It’s PERFECTLY LEGAL to crush everything colleagues say with depressing sarcasm, abandon your pregnant spouse, or generally be a massive ball-ache - but I don’t think any of us would feel a huge amount of glory defending these behaviours.
|—||Caitlin Moran - The Times 30 June 2012|