Has Matt been advising the Unite ratbags in the UK?

The dodgy union ratbags at Unite union in New Zealand haven’t been filing accounts, haven’t been paying tax and the IRD moved to liquidate them at one stage.

Now it has been shown that a union with the same name in the UK, also has the same attitude to paying tax as Matt McCarten, leading me to wonder who taught whom on how to evade paying tax.

Unite, one of the country’s biggest public sector unions, did not pay any tax in 2011 and 2012, despite owning £51.6 million of stocks and shares, it has been claimed.

Conservative research found that Unite paid no tax in the last two years by being able to exploit an obscure accounting loophole.

This loophole meant that the union was able to offset millions of pounds in profits from a £51.6 million portfolio of stocks and shares against ‘provident benefits’ for members.

Unite generated an investment income of £5,787,000 in the past two years from their portfolio, but paid £0 Corporation Tax.

Conservative Vice Chairman Bob Neill said: “Unite give champagne socialists a bad name. They say one thing and practice another.

“If Ed Miliband really has any conviction or principled beliefs he will stop taking their cash. 

“Instead I suspect he’ll do what he’s done the whole way through this scandal, turn the other way, bury his head in the sand and hope it all goes away.

“The sad truth is that Ed Miliband’s too weak to stand up to the unions and therefore will never be able to stand up for the hardworking people in this country.”

The news of Unite’s tax apparent avoidance comes in the wake of a series of tax avoidance scandals involving the Labour Party itself.

John Mills, a television shopping millionaire, gave the party shares in his shopping channel company, JML, valued at £1.65million in January.

But in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Mills said the donation was made in shares rather than cash so the tax on the deal would be significantly reduced.

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