The row over Jimmy Carr’s tax affairs is a timely reminder that far from us all being in the same boat, most of us are paddling like fury while towing luxury yachts on which are smug gits like him lounging around and sipping champagne.
Carr tells us it’s all been a terrible misunderstanding. Apparently, he didn’t tell his agent that he wanted to avoid paying 80 percent tax.
What he actually said was that he wanted to avoid playing 8 Out of Ten Cats. (That joke will be wasted on readers from outside the UK)
Lots of ordinary people have said that they wouldn’t dream of using such loopholes to avoid paying tax, but I don’t really believe them. The oft quoted scenario is that given the choice of secretly ticking a box agreeing to pay 50 percent tax or another that said 5 percent, which would we choose?
There has been enough research to suggest that as a species, we are more likely cheat when the chances of being found out are least. And that’s where Carr really went wrong – the chances were that he’d be found out eventually.
And it’s probably not a good idea to avoid paying taxes when you rely on the people who do to provide you with a very comfortable living. Take note Gary Barlow.
But what really annoys me is the likes of David Cameron intervening with his observations on morality when I’m sure his family has done everything legal to avoid the very same thing.