It was drawn to my attention recently that my comments about proportionality relating to the Swiss leaks has been spun by some of the usual suspects alleging an endorsement of tax evasion.
For the avoidance of doubt tax evasion as I understand it is not disclosing your true income or gains to relevant authorities and paying your dues. This is wrong and in Jersey it is a crime. Its wrong because it breaks the law and leaves other tax payers to pick up the shortfall.
A few quotes from this blog over the years…
"Of course people should pay their taxes"
"Of course governments have a legitimate right to collect the taxes due to them"
"But Jersey is no friend of tax evaders and money launderers and has done more than most to tackle criminal activity including tax evasion."