Will You Be Arrested If You Give Up Smoking or Boozing?
Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA
The tax authorities are clamping down on everything that could possibly be described as tax avoidance.
Tax avoidance used to be entirely legal.
It was tax evasion that led to trouble.
But the Government and HMRC are now desperate to raise more money (to pay for wars, debts and Ministerís expense accounts) that they are clamping down on everything that could possibly be described as tax avoidance.
And accountants are now worried that anyone who gives up smoking or drinking alcohol could face the wrath of HMRC.
Cigarettes and tobacco carry a huge amount of tax.
As does alcohol.
Anyone who gives up either will save a good deal of money.
And the Government will lose tax income.
So what will happen?
Accounting experts say that there is a real risk that the tax authorities will charge those who give up smoking or boozing with the new crime of tax avoidance.
Welcome to the mad, mad world we now live in.
If you smoke or drink heavily then now is clearly the time to give up - before the rapacious Government taxes you for doing so.
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