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The Great Tax Robbery - 9781851689354

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  • Product code: GTAX
  • ISBN: 9781851689354
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.7cm
  • Pages: 272

The Great Tax Robbery (Paperback)

The Great Tax Robbery - 9781851689354

Richard Brooks

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This must-read book by former tax-inspector and Private Eye reporter Richard Brooks is a meticulous, punchy and highly effective expose of the British government's complicity in tax avoidance. From exploring how companies like Vodafone influence tax laws to how multinational companies like Google and Starbucks operate virtually tax-free in the UK, and how the likes of Wayne Rooney can use image rights companies to reduce their tax liability, The Great Tax Robbery sees Brooks puts forward his very compelling argument for a tax system where EVERYONE is required to contribute their fair share.

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Product Details

  • Product code: GTAX
  • ISBN: 9781851689354
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.7cm
  • Pages: 272

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Excellent Overview of British Tax Avoidance -

I only received this book yesterday but since I started reading I haven't put it down. Having finished the first chapter I can see it is a well-written book full of information based on facts, not political spin or corporate bias, confirming and extending what I've read elsewhere. It is written in a way that is easy to understand, even when describing counter-intuitive tax laws and the even more flimsy reasoning for the laws, keeping the reader enthralled. It explains why politicians can simultaneously say they're clamping down on tax avoidance while passing laws that, to the general public at least, open up the loopholes that corporations exploit they've redefined tax avoidance.

Overall a brilliant book that I would recommend to those interested in economics along with The Coming First World Debt Crisis and The Spirit Level.

Derek, 30/11/2013

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Engrossing but seriously depressing reading -

As a former tax inspector, Richard Brooks really knows his subject. He writes fluidly taking the lay reader through labyrinthine tax avoidance schemes without it becoming boring. Quite the opposite. Reading this book my blood pressure climb and steam emitted from my ears!

Brooks takes us through the history of tax avoidance, describing the sort of scheme used in the 60s by a small number of wealthy individuals such as pop stars who not unreasonably resented paying 98% tax on earnings in their short careers. (One recalls the song 'Sunny Afternoon' by the Kinks).

It was not until the 90s that companies started realising they could take advantage of budget changes to reduce their tax bill when the floodgates burst, until today where payment of tax by large companies is effectively optional, and guess what? They choose not to pay and leave it to everyone else to pay all the tax in this country.

DerekJ, 06/05/2013

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