|(what is it with women wearing men's clothes, by the way?)|
The latter is what is usually called 'avoidance', whereas taking steps to pay only what is required and not a penny more is variously called 'minimising' or 'common sense.' I do not know of anyone, least of all Politicians who make the Tax Laws actually donating extra.
Not paying any tax at all when you should be, or as is far more common and pretty well established in the dealings of the vast majority of people, getting far more 'benefits' back than you ever actually pay in tax, is evasion. Got that? We won't get into health funding based on gender or the great child-care rorts. That just gets accountants roaring with laughter/green with jealousy.
But consider this:
"No man in the country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his legal relations to his business or property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel in his stores.
The Inland Revenue is not slow, and quite rightly, to take every advantage which is open to it under the Taxing Statutes for the purposes of depleting the taxpayer's pocket.
No, that was not from Bond, James Bond, but from James Avon Clyde, Lord Clyde KC DL (1863 – 1944)Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session from 1920 to 1935And the taxpayer is in like manner entitled to be astute to prevent, so far as he honestly can, the depletion of his means by the Inland Revenue"
A recent scandal has affected the elections in Oz, as well as the 'standing' of the British Prime Minister. Tax-dodging' accusations have been made and aspertions cast. This has come about by the unofficial release of otherwise secret details from an accounting firm in Panama. (No name; no pack-drill). We all know who it is.
It makes a change from the Cayman Islands or Lichtenstein. These are places that seem to exploit all the many loopholes in the tax laws of various countries.
Someone asked 'can we get an overview of the occupations of the persons associated with the Panama Papers? '
An answer of sorts came......
Occupations of persons from Panama Papers
Well … that might be difficult, but we can get a biased plot by using the listing in Wikidata, where persons associated with the Panama Papers seems to be tagged and where their occupation(s) is listed. It produces the plot below.
It is fairly straightforward to construct such a bubble chart given the new plotting capabilities in the Wikidata Query Service. Dutch Wikipedian Gerard Meijssen seems to have been the one who has entered the information in Wikidata linking Panama Papers to persons via the ‘significant event‘ property. How complete he yet has managed to do this I do not know.
It takes a little time for clear information to emerge when secrecy is the name of the game and it is in the best interests of powerful people to keep it secret.
Our Danish Wikipedian Ole Palnatoke Andersen set up a page on the Danish Wikipedia atDiskussion:Panama-papirerne/Wikidata tabulating with the nice Listeria tool of Magnus Manske. Modifying Ole’s SPARQL query we can get the count of occupations for the persons associated with the Panama Papers in Wikidata.
Some people may see that politicians are the largest group, but that might simply be an artifact of the notability criterion of Wikidata: Only people who are somewhat notable or are linked to something notable are likely to be included in Wikidata, e.g., the common businessman/woman may not (yet?) be represented in Wikidata.The bubble chart cuts letters of the words for the occupation. ‘murd’ is murderer. Joaquín Guzmán has his occupation set to murderer in Wikidata, – without source…
But it is clear just why the loopholes exist despite pretty well all political parties knowing that they exist, claiming that their opposite parties have not done anything about it, and their own promises to close them will never amount to more than a pinch of shit.
I wonder if there are secret papers about the C$A taking monies from Peter to pay Peta.
Drink and think.