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Why we should ban the term “tax avoidance”

"I have no idea whether Ian Cameron, the Prime Minister’s father, was a tax planner, a tax dodger or a tax evader."

By Peter Kellner  

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Read more: Is reform of international tax law possible? 

For once, I am with David Cameron. A number of Sunday papers said that his mother’s gift of £200,000 was a tax “dodge.” The Mail on Sunday used the word in its front page headline. It was no such thing. But the issue goes deeper than this particular transaction. The reporting of the whole “Panama Papers” leak saga has been bedevilled by sloppy language.


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