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The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Investigative journalist and former tax-inspector Richard Brooks charts how the UK has become a global tax haven that serves the super wealthy, all with the Government’s help. Discover:

• Why thousands of British state schools and NHS hospitals are owned by shell companies based in offshore tax havens

• How British companies like Vodafone strongly influence tax laws

• Why mul
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by One World (UK)
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Simon Wood
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WE'RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER MY ARSE

While the coalition and their fellow travellers in the media hark on about structural deficits, the necessity of reforming (read: destroying) the already emaciated welfare state, and how over-taxing those poor souls earning £150K+ a year will bring ruin to the country, former tax inspector for Her Majesties Revenues & Customs (HMRC) and current Private Eye reporter Richard Brooks has been looking into the issue of taxation, in particular the levels of tax dod
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Simon Wood
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WE'RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER MY ARSE

While the coalition and their fellow travellers in the media hark on about structural deficits, the necessity of reforming (read: destroying) the already emaciated welfare state, and how over-taxing those poor souls earning £150K+ a year will bring ruin to the country, former tax inspector for Her Majesties Revenues & Customs (HMRC) and current Private Eye reporter Richard Brooks has been looking into the issue of taxation, in particular the levels of tax dod
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Nicholas
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book about a hugely important, if rather dry subject - corporate taxation (mainly). For those not familiar with this subject (which I imagine is almost all readers) the book needs a little perseverance in the early chapters (even though, no doubt, Brooks has hugely simplified his explanation of the schemes). The second half of the book is the strongest part, where Brooks describes how the corporate taxation system has been totally captured by the big accountancy firms, and ho ...more
Keith Spence
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: economic
An interesting book about the depressing state of tax avoidance in Britain. Brooks shows how multinationals perniciously operate in collusion with government to ultimately avoid paying the correct amount of tax. Not an uplifting book at all but it's great that Richard Brooks is trying to get the message out there, the public should be aware of what is going on!
Jeff Kaye
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that anyone interested in the spiriting of vast sums from poorer counties or simply from the poor even in the UK should read. Billions of £'s disappear each year - the subject of profits or income that should be taxed that are not because (a) the laws are slack (b) HMRC is disinterested and ill-equipped because of poorly educated staff or cutbacks (c) governments are in thrall to business and scared stiff that any change to tax laws or to the proper imposition of existing laws wil ...more
Susan Steed
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book looks at takeover of the British State by corporate interests. Some of this stuff is hard to believe, like the fact that even the very offices that officials from HMRC sit in are owned by an offshore company based in Bermuda.

In a nutshell; recently corporate rates have been reduced and tax exemptions introduced on tax haven branches.
This has happened because of cosy relationship between the HMRC and big biz and there is a revolving door between the HMRC and tax departments in big cor
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Daniel Lambauer
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
an important book in the recent line of narrativr among the left but also liberal economists that worry about the future of capitalism. shows that the rich undermine the state and economy through elaborate tax avoidance and are helped to do so by the state - as they are being leniently challenged or laws are changed in their favour. only minus of the book is that one still does not quite understand how tax avoidance schemes really work at the end. and also it would have been good to query a bit ...more
Steven
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you ever felt that the corporate world was fucking you up the arse, but couldn't articulate how, then this book will provide the mirror and the ruler you need to look behind you and see who's doing it and just how deep in they've managed to get. Your biggest surprise might be seeing just how liberally HMRC have be handing out the lube.

This book will make get you exasperated and it will make you angry, but especially at this moment that is precisely how people need to feel. Must read.
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Former tax-inspector Richard Brooks reports for Private Eye on a range of subjects and has contributed to the Guardian, the BBC, and many other media outlets. With David Craig he was co-author of the bestselling Plundering the Public Sector. In 2008 he was awarded the Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism. He lives in Reading.