The British government's approach to tackling tax avoidance is fundamentally flawed. There is a basic inability to recognise the problem, which is not tax advisers, but the tax system itself. Moreover, the decision of politicians to bring morality into the debate is both unnecessary and illogical.
There is something decidedly ominous about the assumption that the state has a monopoly on moral integrity. A status quo in which an individual's choice in spending money is unequivocally less moral in comparison to how the state could utilise it hardly seems fair. If anything, it seems socialist. Do we think that all the ways in which the government spends our money are for social good?
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