Friday 24 June 2005

Does the right hand know what the left one is doing?

This is hilarious. The Labour-controlled Scottish Executive has approved a proposal for a state-owned company to save some money by a bit of tax avoidance:
Transferring crews to an offshore company would avoid employers' National Insurance contributions.
And then the Tories demand that the state-owned company pays tax to, er, the state:
Shadow Scottish Secretary Eleanor Laing said it was illogical for the government to stop itself paying into the Treasury.
But as I have written before state employees don't pay tax and it follows that state-owned companies don't pay any either. So much confusion: no wonder these folk can't get jobs in the real world.

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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Robert Speirs
No, that will of course be returned to the individual taxpayers from which it came.

24 June 2005, 20:24:22 GMT+01:00
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Bishop Hill
Presumably this would allow the staff to pocket the money that would otherwise have been paid in NI?

24 June 2005, 18:34:46 GMT+01:00