10:30 AM, 11th February 2016, About 6 years ago 2
I just received the following email – and have submitted a fake application which took about 2 minutes
The job of chief executive at HMRC is up for grabs. After letting the bank HSBC get away scott-free with helping hundreds of wealthy customers evade tax, HMRC’s top boss is stepping down.
Chancellor George Osborne is starting his search for a new HMRC boss now — behind closed doors. Osborne will be hoping to hire yet another corporate-friendly head of HMRC, but we’ve got a plan to gatecrash this cosy recruitment process.
Let’s flood his inbox with spoof applications for the role of HMRC’s ‘Head of corporate tax reduction.’ We’ve set up a website that means thousands of us can ‘apply’ directly to George Osborne for the role. After all, it’s hard to imagine how anyone can do a worse job collecting taxes from big business than the current boss of HMRC.
Want a new job as head of HMRC? Apply today. Tell George Osborne why you could do a better job of getting corporations to pay their fair share.
We might be turning the satire up to 11 with this one, but it comes with a serious message. Corporate tax avoidance is no joke. Google has been let off with a tax rate of just 2.5% — that’s about an eighth of what should have been paid. How many of us would get a deal like that?
It’s left to us as ordinary taxpayers to foot the bill and pick up the slack. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Filling George’s inbox will thousands of ‘applications’ from thousands of British taxpayers will really drive the message home — we’ve had enough of cosy tax deals for Britain’s biggest corporations.
Our community has been right at the forefront of forcing HMRC to rethink how it handles corporate tax dodging. We’ve forced it to look long and hard at files that showed HSBC was complicit in advising clients to evade tax. Now, we need to keep our foot on the accelerator and flood George Osborne and HMRC with messages that make it clear that the days of dodgy corporate tax avoidance should be well and truly over.
Apply here to show George Osborne that you’ve got what it takes to help Britain’s wealthiest individuals and biggest businesses dodge their taxes.
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