The Taxcast – new monthly podcast about tax evasion

Posted on 10/02/2012 by

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Recently I was contacted by a fellow radio freelancer based in London, Naomi Fowler, about her new project. It’s called The Taxcast, and it’s a monthly podcast about the thorny issue of tax evasion.

Sounds a bit dry? It’s anything but.

The first program was quite an eye opener. It explains what offshore banks really are (clue: they don’t have to be islands!) and revealed the scale of the “tax gap.” – the gap between how much tax the exchequer should be receiving, and how much it actually receives.  According to Richard Murphy, a campaigner and tax expert interviewed by Naomi on the show, there’s about £70 billion in illegal tax evasion, £25 billion in legal tax avoidance, and £25 billion in late payments in the UK – enough in total to fund the whole of the NHS.

As well as being informative, the show managed to make an important but potentially dry and technical subject entertaining – each show starts with a round-up of the latest tax evasion headlines, and the shows theme tune is a jazzy tune reminiscent of the roaring twenties – perhaps a deliberate musical reference to the excess that preceeded  the last great depression?

Check out the website, or follow @tackletaxhavens on twitter for the latest Taxcast news. And if you run a radio station or write a blog, and want to feature the Taxcast, get in touch with naomi [at] taxjustice.net.

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