39 Essex Street silk charged with VAT fraud

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  • dear oh dear .............................. was there any need ? really ?

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  • If HMRC get the tax plus interest plus penalties then why bother to prosecute, he is worth a lot more to them outside jail than in it?

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  • At last! These so called "professionals" have been getting away with it for years.

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  • "all these so called 'professionals'..."
    Sorry, but ALL of whom? Getting away with what precisely? I am a professional and I will have you know I pay my taxes on the due date, have not taken part in any 'avoidance schemes' and thoroughly resent the implication that I - or the vast majority of my peers - are 'getting away' with anything at all.
    A little fact checking first, please (oh, and innocent until proven guilty!).

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  • If he is found guilty of the alleged offence then that's the end of his career and he will probably receive a custodial sentence. I wonder if he disclosed any problems that he was aware off in his application for Silk

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  • "If HMRC get the tax plus interest plus penalties then why bother to prosecute, he is worth a lot more to them outside jail than in it?"
    You could say that about almost any dodgy "professional".
    The idea is that the successful prosecuting of those thought to have broken the law may act as a deterrent to others as well as driving the point home to the law-breaker.
    I wonder if you would condone the letting off of less genteel law-breakers with a clip around the ear on the grounds that imprisonment is too expensive and it'd be more cost effective to trust them not to do it again...

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