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The Joy of Tax

by Richard Murphy

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The Joy of Tax Synopsis

Tax has been around for a long time. Almost no one gives it a good press and they never have. And yet, this is the subject that is at the very heart of politics the world over. There is, though, another truth: that we really like what tax pays for. In fact, we like it so much that we have almost always been happy for our government to spend more than it raises from us in tax. 2008 apparently changed all that. The issue of debt, deficits, cuts and austerity now dominates the political agenda. In fact, absolutely any aspect of the government's finances and how to rearrange them in a seemingly forlorn hope of balancing the state's books is discussed, except for tax. That, it seems, is off limits. The one thing that is never mentioned is how tax can solve our problems. In this book, campaigner Richard Murphy will challenge almost every idea you have about tax. For him, tax is fundamentally about ideas, not technicalities, and his intention is to make clear that there is a joy in tax and it is one of the most important issues in our world today.

The Joy of Tax Press Reviews

'Richard Murphy is a rare voice of sanity at a time of economic madness. We desperately need an alternative to austerity - and with a few more Murphys, we'll get it.' -- Owen Jones, author of The Establishment

'Conventional economists have run out of ideas. But Richard Murphy abounds with them.He writes with electric clarity about what went wrong and what could be done to put things right. He is a new economic thinker, and guided by a sharp and practical accountant's eye he knows where the money is hidden, who has it and how to release it. Murphy is is as courageous as he says our politicians should be.' -- Polly Toynbee The Guardian

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ISBN: 9780593075173
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780593075173
Publication date: 1st October 2015
Author: Richard Murphy
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, The Real World,

About Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy is a UK chartered accountant. He was senior partner of a practicing firm and director of a number of entrepreneurial companies before becoming one of the founders of the Tax Justice Network in 2002. He now directs Tax Research UK and writes, broadcasts and blogs extensively, the latter at Richard created the country-by-country reporting concept and has been credited with creating much of the debate on tax gaps in the UK and Europe. He also defined the term 'secrecy jurisdictions', now widely used in debates on offshore. Richard has been a visiting or ...

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