The taxman has released a list of the ‘twenty worst tax fugitives’.
Seven of them are tobacco smugglers/counterfeiters, so there’s obviously been no increase in dodgy tobacco as a result of punitive taxation and widespread bans.
The thing is, the money involved in total, for all twenty, barely makes it into twenty million. Even if they recovered every penny, that would pay for about a day’s membership of the EU.
If these are the twenty worst offenders then we don’t have a tax evasion problem at all, at least, not one worth bothering about. The taxman would recover more if he set his sights on the dodgy dealings of Government.
But then, they are Government.
(Short ones for a few days. I have a job interview next week and have to fill out amazing amounts of paper before they even speak to me).