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Alistair Darling On Finding A Good Tax-Avoidance Accountant

by | 25th, May 2009

darling-expenses1GOOD old Chancellor Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequor, for supporting the accountancy industry by paying an accountant public money to complete his tax return.

MPs then – possibly – asked the same accountants about capital gains tax, if a porn film is tool of the trade and to explain tax loop holes.

Chancellor Alistair Darling is among nine Cabinet Ministers who paid accountants public money to complete their tax returns, it has been reported.

The Chancellor tells us:

Like many MPs I employed an accountant to prepare tax returns for each of the years in question to ensure that the correct amount of tax was paid in respect of my office costs.”

The story in the media is that Darling has been billing the taxpayer for his personal accounts. He hasn’t. This is work in the service of parliament. The amazing thing is that there is no accountant already employed by the Treasury that can do the job for less. And what of these nine:

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears, Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon and Jacqui Smith are also among those accused of claiming for accountancy bills on their expenses in The Daily Telegraph. and Home Secretary

The others are Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn, Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell and International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, the paper said.

Seven.. plus Darling… Eight… the only people worse at maths than politicians are hacks.

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