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The good, the bad and the ugly

Let's be rational and draw the lines between tax planning, avoidance and evasion, says Andy Parr

4 June 2013

It would appear that in this world of instant media and rolling news, we are never more than six feet from the next moral crusade. Somewhat surprisingly the newly appointed custodians of the moral barometer seem to be the journalists, both tabloid and broadsheet, and their recent cause célèbre is tax planning and avoidance.

It is a topic they have approached with gusto, whipping up a media frenzy as confusing as it is misinformed. All over Middle England nooses have been thrown over the lower branches of oak trees, prone but waiting for anyone suspected of engaging in overly aggressive tax planning.

The tabloids do not seem to worry about whether or not anybody has actually done anything illegal and don't differentiate between tax planning, tax avoidance and tax evasion.

Tax planning is the proce...

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