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The Great Tax Robbery

How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business

Richard Brooks

Investigative journalist and former tax-inspector Richard Brooks charts how the UK has become a global tax haven that serves the super wealthy, all with the Government’s help. Discover:


• Why thousands of British state schools and NHS hospitals are owned by shell companies based in offshore tax havens

• How British companies like Vodafone strongly influence tax laws

• Why multinationals like Google and Starbucks can operate almost tax-free in the UK

• How the taxman turns a blind eye to billions in illegally evaded tax in secret Swiss bank accounts

• How footballers like Wayne Rooney use image rights companies to reduce their tax liability

Unpicking the tangled mess of loopholes that well known multinationals, bankers, and celebrities use to circumvent tax, this is a bold manifesto for a system where we all contribute out fair share.

  • Publication date: September 4, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781780743714
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication date: September 4, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781780746197
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 304


‘Excellent… Brooks is particularly good at showing why we should be angered by all of this… Let’s hope this fine book helps redress the balance’ 

Independent on Sunday

'Fascinating… not only does [Brooks] have a near-encyclopaedic knowledge, he also has an ear for resonant detail.'

Financial Times

'Important... Brooks demonstrates that financial amorality is endemic among Britain’s elite'

The Times

'This year’s indispensable book.'

ObserverNick Cohen

'A "must read": Richard Brooks exposes the financial immorality of the rich as never before'

Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of bestseller The Spirit Level

Richard Brooks

Former tax-inspector Richard Brooks is a columnist for Private Eye and the Guardian, and with David Craig was co-author of the bestselling Plundering the Public Sector. In 2008 he was awarded the Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism, presented by Ian Hislop.

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