The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business
'This year's indispensable book' –Observer
As we are assured that 'there are no alternatives' to severe cuts in public spending and that 'we are all in this together', Private Eye journalist and former tax-inspector Richard Brooks reveals the scandalous proliferation of tax avoidance among Britain's fat cats and how new measures from successive British governments actually make it easier.
From offshore companies in Luxembourg to deliberate exploitation of developing countries, Brooks shows how a host of High Street names - including Vodafone, Amazon, Barclays, Topshop, and Boots - legally pay almost no tax in Britain despite multibillion pound profits. Unpicking the loopholes and bonuses that bankers and top sports stars like Wayne Rooney use to legally reduce their tax burden, this is a shocking expose of how the richest deprive the state coffers of billions - leaving us to pick up the bill.
The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.
Authors of The Spirit Level
Richard Brooks makes [the] case fluently with a mass of evidence, and an occasional dash of wit . . . an informed polemic about the way our world seems to have become more unfair as it has become richer.Literary Review