COMMENT: A fairer, simpler system would get to root of the problem of tax avoidance

June 18, 2013 10:53 AM

Writing for the Yorkshire Post, Rory Meakin argues that the fundamental cause of all our tax woes is that our tax code is too complicated.

 

GOOGLE, Apple and Starbucks are just three of the multi-national companies under fire from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee and its equivalent in the US Senate for their tax arrangements, one of the defining issues of the G8 summit now underway in Northern Ireland.

Recently, the National Audit Office unearthed public sector bodies dodging National Insurance for employees in Britain. Tax is big news in a way that it never used to be. Barely a day seems to go by without some tax-related news hitting the headlines.

 

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