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Using taxpayer's money to reduce your tax bill!

A number of members of the UK government have today been accused of using taxpayer's money, i.e. the expenses system in Parliament, to take professional tax advice about reducing their tax bills. While no laws had been broken or rules bent there is widespread anger amongst the UK public that UK taxpayer's money has been used to provide tax advice to MPs claiming literally millions of pounds of taxpayer's money on expenses.

As we mentioned yesterday, the revelation that Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has taken advice regarding his own taxation is something of an embarrassment bearing in mind he is the man in charge of our taxes. However, party leaders today refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing or potential moral obligation to repay these expenses as the UK political system gets dragged further and further into the mire.

This is now day 18 of a continuous drip feed of MPs expenses details via the Telegraph newspaper and rather than calming down, the latest revelations appear to have sparked widespread anger. Gordon Brown is now facing growing calls for a general election amid signs that his party is looking towards autumn as a potential snap election date.

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