Media watch – Saturday

11 February 2017

MediaWatch

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous Coward

     /  February 11, 2017

    Faced with $41 million of benefit fraud MSD spends $49.5 million to reduce it by $17 million to $24 million. And people think beneficiaries are bad with their money.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/88924330/benefit-fraud-v-tax-avoidance–why-is-one-dealt-with-more-harshly-by-courts

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 11, 2017

      Tax avoidance is stealing your own money. Benefit fraud is stealing other people’s. Aside from that the cost/benefit calculation has to look at the ongoing savings vs expenditure rather than a one off comparison. Much of the tax avoidance data probably relates to companies rather than single individuals as well and it looks as though those numbers result from reassessments rather than court actions so I doubt it is a like for like comparison.

      That said, MSD has to handle people properly and not unfairly or unduly harshly.

  2. NOEL

     /  February 11, 2017

    The headline said tax avoidance but the article compares tax evasion.
    The former is the reduction of tax to pay by using the legal methods allowed by Inland Revenue. No sure how its “stealing your own money”.
    Tax evasion is a crime.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 11, 2017

      The Commissioner now has the power to declare any form of tax avoidance to be tax evasion. There is no meaningful distinction any longer.

      Stopping IRD from stealing your money is effectively stealing your own money.

  3. Missy

     /  February 12, 2017

    An uncorroborated report out of US suggests Putin is ready to make a deal with the US to return Snowden. If true, I would say Putin has got all the intelligence out of Snowden he is going to.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/11/russia-considering-returning-whistleblower-edward-snowden-us/