Thursday, April 30, 2015

Irregular verbs - tax

At it's simplest perhaps we have:

I only pursue approved tax incentives
You look for tax avoidance opportunities
He breaks the law and evades tax

A variation on this is:
I pay all the tax due
You look for easy ways to avoid paying all the tax due
He engages in aggressive tax planning

A new version has just appeared online. It parodies how Margaret Hodge might explain herself following recent revelations about her benefitting from the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) she has ridiculed whilst Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

I manage my financial affairs sensibly 
 You engage in aggressive avoidance 
 He/She is a slimy tax cheat

This was first posted by Tom McClelland on AccountingWeb.co.uk.

There have been other examples of irregular tax verbs in the past. I spotted this one that relates to the different ways the Coalition government has supported investment in shale gas and the renewables sector.

I receive public spending
You get tax incentives
He gets a subsidy

What further variations can you come up with?
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