Jimmy Carr might be one of Britain’s most successful comedians yet he pays about 1% tax – a dodgy figure even when you factor in the supposed legality of funneling income through the just-barely-offshore British island of Jersey. Any way you slice it, hiding £3.3M just isn’t going to look good.
Having said that, British Prime Minister David Cameron called Carr’s tax evasion “morally wrong” despite being extremely cozy with Barclays Bank – which avoided an astounding £500M in taxes just this last year alone – and Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp – which published the Carr story on its front page and avoided £2.5B (that’s billion) in taxes over the last four years.
Calling out Carr is one thing, yet not holding businesses accountable is entirely another. What News Corp and Barclay’s are getting away with is nothing short of highway robbery: why must Jimmy Carr take all the blame?
h/t: The Sun