Friday, 19 June 2009

We pay for "Six Jobs'" Tax Advice


The partial publication of MPs' expenses reveals that Darlington MP Alan "Six Jobs" Milburn claimed £963 for a firm of Chartered Accountants to prepare his self-assessment tax return. The rest of us manage to do this ourselves without the help of Chartered Accountants. After all, as the Government keep telling us, "Tax doesn't have to be taxing!"
Now, because I own a company, I need an accountant to produce my accounts and balance sheets, and as part of this service they also produce my returns for Corporation Tax and Income Tax. I pay a bit less than Six Jobs does for this service. But that's the point: I pay for it. I really can't see any justification for the taxpayer paying for this service for an employee of Pepsico, just because he happens to have a second job as an MP!


Clearly, since Mr Milburn has six jobs, he needs an accountant to sort out all his money and make sure he gets the appropriate tax advice and help.


But why does the taxpayer have to pay for it? What a bloody cheek! If he just concentrated on being an MP and just did that one job, he wouldn't need this expensive advice, would he?

4 comments:

Alex T said...

Don't know if you've seen this yet but the Telegraph have started to publish the uncensored version of the MPs expenses documents online. Here's what they've uploaded for Milburn so far.
http://parliament.telegraph.co.uk/mpsexpenses/mp-details/Alan-Milburn/mp-10434

Anonymous said...

It must take something to be in the top ten thought eh... http://parliament.telegraph.co.uk/mpsexpenses/mp-details/Alistair-Carmichael/mp-10785

ayld said...

Have you heard? He's standing down for "family reasons"!

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