According to the Evening Standard David Beckham’s knighthood was all-but-approved for the 2014 New Year’s Honours list until a last-minute intervention from HM Revenue & Customs.
HMRC reportedly put up a “red flag”, blocking the honour, on the grounds that the ex-England captain had been involved in a controversial form of lawful tax avoidance.
After that, Honours Committee officials reportedly entered into a dialogue with Mr Beckham’s advisers on how to “sort out” the issues raised by HMRC.
Two points cross my humble mind:
1 If the avoidance was lawful, what the fark was HMRC's problem?
2 Why was Beckham then given advice on how to sort out HMRC, when ordinary taxpayers are thrown to the wolves?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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