pete75 wrote:Tangled Metal wrote:I met a mechanic like that. Got called in once but HMRC were too trusting so his story wasn't checked. Money stashed all over to hide it apparently.
An MD of a SME and fellow club mate was pontificating about how easy it was too "avoid" tax when he looked up at the new member the other side of the large bar table. A sudden thought struck his mind and he went quiet. The next thing he said was to ask what the new guy did for a living.
Can you guess what the newbie's answer was? Tax inspector!!! White face matched the white hair of the MD until the HMRC guy explained it wasn't his area and they don't shoot in their own backyard anyway. Needless to say the MD never discussed tax arrangements ever again. I don't think anyone did.
TBF to the new guy, he was a decent guy who, like most police friends, turned a blind eye to things among friends that should be in his remit to act on. Indeed I reckon he was a little bit of a poacher with his own finances. Nobody's fully honest these days I reckon.
And that's something many dislike about the police force - they let their friends get away with committing crimes. It's corruption.
Same with HMRC tax inspectors too. There's corruption in public sector jobs in many areas that people are not aware of or just don't see even when it's in their face. I have learnt not to be so naive as believe people are basically honest. At work I'm considered more honest than most but I heard a director telling someone that "he doesn't lie, but if he did it would be for the good of the company." I didn't know how to take that.