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The publicist for comedian Jimmy Carr has told PRWeek that he has been advising Carr on how to handle the tax avoidance affair. The Corporation chairman Gary Farrow spoke of the decision to issue an apology:
Labour leader Ed Miliband told ITV1's Daybreak today that "we need to change the law" surrounding legal tax avoidance.
Mr Miliband said that the Prime Minister was in "hot water" after he criticised comedian Jimmy Carr for tax avoidance.
Tax expert Richard Murphy from Tax Research UK has told Daybreak that "there's no excuse" for tax avoidance and that celebrities who have been using schemes to do so "made a choice to cheat".
Comedian Jimmy Carr faced merciless teasing from his 8 Out Of 10 Cats team-mates after dominating the headlines this week over his tax affairs.
During tonight's recording, team captain Sean Lock waded in by telling Carr: "We all like to put a bit of money away for a rainy day, don't we? But I think you're more prepared than Noah."
And broadcaster Georgie Thompson chipped in: "On the plus side, at least you've been in a top 5 list of something."
8 Out Of 10 Cats is on Channel 4 at 10pm tomorrow.
The anti-austerity campaign group UK Uncut has said that individuals and corporations who it claims are avoiding paying tax are "clearly acting immorally" and urged the Government to clamp down on the practice:
Lord Digby Jones, Former Minister for Trade and Investment, has said that the Prime Minister's comments about Jimmy Carr's tax arrangements may "come back to bite him".
He said that there are many "comfortable" but not "wealthy" people in the UK who avoid moderate amounts of tax, but should not be demonised.
Footballers, he says, are fair game:
Comedian Jimmy Carr has hinted that he will receive a dose of his own medicine on Channel 4's '8 Out Of 10 Cats' programme tonight:
The Labour MP Michael Meacher has said that tax avoidance is happening on "an industrial scale" in the UK.
He told BBC News that under the proposed legislation "any device that was purely to avoid tax would be declared null and void."
He continued: "that would make it easier for the Inland Revenue to block these schemes which are now on an industrial scale".
He said that the vast majority of tax avoiders are ultra wealthy people rather than ordinary wage earners, and added that he pays his dues.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he would not be giving a "running commentary on different people's tax affairs" as "that would be wrong". He was responding to ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby who asked if he thought Gary Barlow's tax affairs were morally wrong.
Mr Cameron also said it was important to distinguish between tax avoidance and tax evasion: the latter being illegal. He said the government would support for HMRC to pursue individuals engaging in "aggressive tax avoidance."
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Comedian Jimmy Carr has admitted he made a "terrible error of judgement" over his tax arrangements.
Jimmy Carr did not break the law, but he exemplifies the feeling that the rich live by different rules than the rest of us.