March 13th, 2012

The Wish Tax

In a surprise move George Osborne has asked me to draft the key component of next week’s Budget.  I’ve come up with the Wish Tax as it seems to capture the mood of contemporary political thinking.  A simple tax – it works like this.  If I see something that I don’t like then there’ll be tax to pay.  This can be anything from tax dodging tycoons and greedy bankers right the way through to people who have more children than feels ‘about right’.  Dogs that poo in the street, people who hold loud parties (although obviously not parties that I’m at), thoughtless drivers, pigeons, blue badge abusers, whingers, whiners and moaners – if I don’t approve there’ll be tax to pay – at my discretion.

I suspect my fellow accountants and HMRC officials will complain loudly that the Wish Tax is totally unworkable in practice, lacks any thought, clarity or structure and will leave people with no idea whatsoever as to how much tax they’re likely to pay.  But they’d better not complain too much.  There’s a tax for that.

 

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Jonathan trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in Liverpool before becoming a small business services manager for Grant Thornton in Warrington. He also spent three years as the financial controller for Brookside and Hollyoaks (not that he ever mentions it!).

Jonathan is recognised as a specialist in the entertainment industry and is often called upon to provide training courses and seminars for media professionals. He's also a bit of a technology geek and has been recognised with the accountancy industry as one of the most progressive accountants in the UK.
Outside of work Jonathan is very proud to be the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and to be on the Council of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)

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