COMMENT: Tax transparency treats the symptom not the cause

April 11, 2012 5:46 PM

If we worry about politicians dodging taxes, attack the dodging, not the privacy, writes the Matthew Sinclair for the New Statesman.
Do we really want to live in a country where politicians have to hand out their tax returns, medical history and birth certificate to the press, like they do in the United States? I don’t think voters want to make disclosing all that a part of the price of running for office in Britain. But the legitimacy of the tax and benefit system has been undermined by its complexity and too many stories of people breaking the rules, or twisting them out of all recognition.

Click here to read the full article on the New Statesman website

If we worry about politicians dodging taxes, attack the dodging, not the privacy, writes the Matthew Sinclair for the New Statesman.
Do we really want to live in a country where politicians have to hand out their tax returns, medical history and birth certificate to the press, like they do in the United States? I don’t think voters want to make disclosing all that a part of the price of running for office in Britain. But the legitimacy of the tax and benefit system has been undermined by its complexity and too many stories of people breaking the rules, or twisting them out of all recognition.

Click here to read the full article on the New Statesman website

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