An(other) left wing hypocrite

The left wing are hypocrites, generally and in particular when it comes to taxes. In New Zealand Matt McCarten a hard bitten unionist who rails constantly about evil bosses failed to act as he wishes other bosses to act and failed to pay his workers PAYE and Kiwisaver contributions.

Now in the UK Ken Livingstone is being questioned about some dodgy tax practices of his own:

English: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2000...

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Ken Livingstone has insisted he is not avoiding tax after accounts suggested he had saved at least £50,000 by paying himself through a personal company.

The Labour politician, who is hoping to replace Boris Johnson in this year’s election for Mayor of London, has previously attacked tax avoiders as “rich b——-” who should “not be allowed to vote”.

The Sunday Telegraph disclosed that Mr Livingstone earned £232,000 in 2009, the first year after his defeat to Boris Johnson at the last mayoral election. Companies House documents showed that the money, which came from Mr Livingstone’s speaking engagements, and work as a radio presenter, was paid directly into a new company that he set up.

Mr Livingstone and his wife, Emma Beal, are sole shareholders in the firm and are able to split his income evenly, even though it was earned entirely by him. She is paid from company funds as Mr Livingstone’s “assistant”.

Accountants said the arrangement appeared designed to ensure that Mr Livingstone paid corporation tax at 20 or 21 per cent, rather than income tax at up to 40 per cent.

However, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Livingstone said: “I’m not avoiding tax.

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  • What’s the difference between avoidance and evasion? Just sayin’…..Hypocrasy has never been soley owned by either “wing” (geez that phrase is OLD!!)

  • Hakim of phut

    If hes paid by his company he still has to pay income tax no matter what the company tax rate.
    Sound like the normal contractor arrangement .
     At least its a genuine contractor unlike the special law passed by Key  so that  Weta Workshop permanent employees  get to be pretend contractors because they are film industry luvvies