What is Tim Farron up to?
Readers of this blog will be already familiar with Mike Basman's bankruptcy and his subsequent activities, but as Tim Farron MP patently is not - and hasn't apparently made any effort to check - let's just reiterate for the benefit of the prevously underinformed:
- HMRC aren't "seeking" to do anything, since VAT on chess entry fees is nothing new
- There has been no "tax hike"
- There has been no "recent change to its tax status".
- Mike Basman has been made bankrupt as a result of evading his legal obligations at a net loss to public funds of several hundred thousand pounds.
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
9 October 2016
Dear Mr Farron
I'm a chess writer and I have seen the statement you have issued concerning the UK Chess Challenge.
In it you refer to
"A recent tax hike"
"A recent change to its tax status".
As far as I am aware there has been no "recent tax hike" and no "recent change to its tax status" where the UK Chess Challenge is concerned.
In reality its organiser has been made bankrupt not because of a non-existent "recent change", but because of a failure to collect and pass on VAT over at least a ten-year period, hence depriving the Exchequer of at least £300,000.
I wonder if you would care to check your information and withdraw what is, in practice, an endorsement of the claims of a tax evader.
All the best