Husband of Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson has come out to say that he and his wife will not pay tax until those responsible for the HSBC scandal are prosecuted.
Greg Wise stated that he is disgusted with HMRC and the bank as a result of the leak of details of 100,000 accounts held by the Swiss part of HSBC which revealed how the bank had assisted clients in moving cash out of the country to avoid paying tax.
"I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound f**king socialist and I believe we are all in it together. But I am disgusted with HMRC. I am disgusted with HSBC. And I'm not paying a penny more until those evil b**tards go to prison."
HMRC has failed to carry out a criminal investigation against the bank and has thus been the subject of much criticism in relation to the scandal.
HMRC did discover 1,000 tax-evading clients out of almost 7,000 UK clients of HSBC Suisse – however, only one individual has been prosecuted. Although around £135 million has been recovered in tax, this is a much lower than in other European countries.
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