I really find this hard to credit. "2,000 senior public officials on more than £58,200 were found to be paid “off payroll” ... paid through service companies, or through employment agencies. The amount of tax legally avoided could run into tens of millions of pounds." Danny Alexander is shocked !
History Corner here: we've done all this nearly 20 years ago, when John 'Dalek' Birt was revealed by the Inde to have wangled his way around the BBC whilst wreaking havoc and lowering standards.
"John Birt, the new Director-General of the BBC, has avoided tax by being paid as a freelance consultant - despite being a full-time employee of the Corporation. Instead of paying tax on his BBC salary, he has been taxed on whatever he chooses to pay himself from his private company ... for six years as Deputy Director-General he was paid through his private company."
That was written in ... 1993! And my clear understanding was that Birt being rumbled in this way marked the beginning of the end for this little scam, both as regards what the public sector would allow, and indeed what the Revenue would permit.
It seems I woz wrong.