Cameron's History Of Tough-Talking On Tax

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 1:12 PM

Criticism of the PM's controversial financial dealings is fuelled by his previous hard-hitting comments on tax avoidance.

Cameron's History Of Tough-Talking On Tax

The PM has faced accusations of hypocrisy over his admission that he profited from an offshore fund because of his hard-hitting criticism of tax avoidance.

Here are some of his previous tough-talking statements:

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant."

"With the large companies, that have the fancy corporate lawyers and the rest of it, I think we necessity a tougher approach.

"One of the things that we're going to be looking at this year is whether there should be a common anti-avoidance power that HMRC can use, particularly with very wealthy individuals and with the bigger companies, to create sure they pay their fair share.”

"Some of these schemes we've seen are quite frankly morally wrong." Responding to revelations the comedian Jimmy Carr had channelled money through a Jersey-based company.

"We wish to drive a more serious debate on tax evasion and tax avoidance.

"This is an issue whose time has come.

"After years of abuse, people across the planet are rightly calling for more action and, most importantly, there is gathering political will to actually do something about it."

"Those who wish to evade taxes have nowhere to hide."

"For too long a tiny minority have hidden their business dealings behind a complicated web of shell companies - and this cloak of secrecy has fuelled all manner of questionable practices and downright illegality.

"Not only is this hugely unfair to the millions of hard-working people in Britain who pay their tax, but it'south also horrible for business.

"So that'south why we necessity to shine a spotlight on who owns what and where money is really flowing."

"I think we should be very clear - tax evasion is illegal, and for that you can be prosecuted, you can go to prison.

"These very aggressive tax avoidance schemes, they're incorrect and we should really persuade people not to do them."

"Number government has done more than this one to crackdown on tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance."

Tory election manifesto: "Tackling tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance and tax planning is an necessary portion of our long-term economic plan."

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