Millionaire British novelist against tax avoidance schemes
Award winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, has said that the wealthy should pay more tax, as is in his own words its ‘not just economic, it’s moral’.
According to The Mail Online reports, millionaire author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, in February of this year, voiced his opinions on the rich paying more tax, in a letter to his local MP.Mark Haddon said the wealthy should pay more tax
“I’m a wealthy person. Austerity measures introduced by the coalition have caused real suffering to many people, but my comfortable life hasn’t changed in the slightest. Why have I, and people like me, been asked to contribute nothing,” the letter reads.
Not seeking to hire an accountant to lower his tax liabilities through tax avoidance schemes, Haddon has said that he should be ‘paying more tax’.
Not an avid fan of the government, naming then ‘a cabal of very wealthy people’, Haddon accredits his privileged upbringing, attending boarding school and being a student at Oxford University for showing him just ‘how easy it is for certain groups of people to become wholly insulated from ordinary life’.
Haddon’s claims that Britain’s’ wealthiest should be contributing more to the public purse, comes just weeks after the topic of tax avoidance has been hot in the press.
Following Jimmy Carr’s involvement in the K2 tax avoidance scheme and allegations of Take That members reducing their tax liabilities through avoidance schemes, the BBC and public officials have also come under scrutiny for reducing tax contributions by paying staff through personal service companies.
David Gauke, Treasury Minister, has set a tougher regime against tax avoidance which will see promoters of tax avoidance schemes forced to provide HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) with information about customers using ‘aggressive’ tax avoidance schemes, thus avoiding ‘paying their fair share’ of tax.