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Close these loopholes
Many writers to the Letters Page complain about the misuse of taxpayer’s money. In general terms, we will all agree that that happens.
We are fortunate to live in a democracy, which gives us the use of national and local infrastructures paid for out of taxes, which are immensely beneficial to all of us.
That we all have different priorities as to the spending of the taxes we put into the pot is inevitable. Anyone who has canvassed in an election knows that there are childless people who want less spent on education; the recently burgled, who want more spent on the police; carriers who want more spent on transport, and so on.
What can and should be avoided is the poor drafting of tax laws, which enable some citizens with substantial incomes to spirit part of them away into tax havens without declaring them to HM Revenue & Customs.
By doing that they avoid, quite legally, having to pay anything like their fair share of tax into the collective pot. They enjoy all the benefits of the national infrastructure, but don’t share the cost of it with the rest of us.
All those of us who pay our taxes need the Government to redraft the tax laws and close the loopholes that allow certain corporations and individuals, who could well afford to pay, having a free ride at our expense.
Maurice Vassie, Forge Lane, Deighton, York.
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