January 31st, 2011

Tony and Gordon’s Charitable Tax Dodging

Gordon Brown’s constituents in Kircaldy must be delighted to hear that their part time MP is making a cool £15,000 an hour on the international stage. It’s no wonder he was so quick to give the money from his dire book sales to charity, on top of what he is raking in from speaking he would have only lost most of it in tax anyway. The rest of the cash is apparently going straight to The Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown and thus his staff and operation. If he paid his staff out of his fees they would be paid out of 50% post-tax income, this way they are paid out of untaxed income – a handy little tax dodge.The GB/SB Office is not a charity though, unlike the similar structure Blair has set up.

Through his Sports foundation, a charity, Blair is able to avoid paying tax on income he receives. The charity comes into question when it is revealed that the charity isn’t really doing very much. They paid more in staff costs in the last quarter than they spent on charitable activity. A similar get up is going on with the Faith Foundation which employs old loyalists like Ruth Turner at £120,000 a pop. With Blair’s staff costs rumoured to be a £5m a year, that’s a heck of a lot of cash saved through the donations and “charity” staff.

UPDATE: Guido is trying to get hold of someone from UK Uncut who will no doubt be livid about such practices. Right?


149 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Of course Uk U-c-unts wont say shit , Like theuy dont with Guardian . Wankers

    Like

    • 5
      • 8
        Self Help says:

        “Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown Ltd; company set up to provide administrative support for Mr and Mrs Brown in their ongoing activities.”

        I think it fair to say that Gordon giving the dosh to a company that is set up to “provide support for Mr and Mrs Brown in their ongoing activities” is effectively Gordon giving the dosh to himself.

        Like

      • 15
        Steve Miliband says:

        See he made a speech in Nigeria.

        They probably replied to his email; ”Dear Sirs, Some years ago I sold a vast amount of Gold, valued at several billion dollars…….

        Like

        • 25
          jgm2 says:

          Ahahahaha.

          He probably thinks that’s what they’ve paid him when they asked for his bank details.

          So we can pay you Mr Brown.

          Hahahaha. It’s probably been cleaned out.

          Like

        • 27
          LOL says:

          Oddly enough when you type the address that Gordon gave. “35 Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria” into google the first hit is titled Nigerian scams: addresses and names used by Nigerian scammers

          Like

    • 39
      Lefty McLeft says:

      Why not mention it a few times on twitter with ‘their’ #ukuncut tag

      Like

    • 89
      Sir Barrington Minge says:

      pair of socialist slugs

      Like

    • 91

      Labour knows who voted Labour these last 5 years or so, BECAUSE BALLOT PAPERS WERE NUMBERED.

      #####/#####

      We will just find them all, and make them pay it back to the nearest taxpayers, individually, street by street (they will be found, the Labour voters) and in person, to known people, from known voters.

      The Germans brought two billion tons of rubble onto their heads, and four million dead soldiers, and were forced to endure holocaust-guilt, by failing to not vote for Hitler. There are costs to be borne for wrong decisions.

      All British Labour voters can now be made, through modern technology, to bear these costs which we and our blameless descendents are now saddled with.

      Like

      • 102
        Mike Hunt says:

        Sounds fair to me, and it’s a good analogy.

        Soon after Bliar came to power, the BBC (of all people, how times have changed) produced a series, The Nazis, a Warning from History. I found the parallels between Germany post Weimar and our country in 1997 very interesting.

        Like

        • 137
          Laird Rev Dr The big yin says:

          I have always found this too. I was quite worried for sometime that Blair would use emergency powers to hang on to control.

          Like

      • 115
        Sir Barrington Minge says:

        No surprise here…General Election Ballot papers have always been numbered.
        Every election, I have pointed out to the returning officer that it is not in fact a secret ballot. The reply is always the same ” only ever used in cases of voting irregularity”

        But…who decides what is “irregular”????

        Like

  2. 2

    “dire book sakes”

    “sales”

    the sub ed.

    Like

  3. 3
    Just asking! says:

    Dame Suzi Leather!?

    Like

    • 13

      She looked foxy in the Times.

      Like

    • 98
      Hugh Janus says:

      Sitting on her hands I would imagine.

      These are, after all, the scams of 2 former Liebour leaders of the party she obviously supports. Besides, she’s really in no position to whinge about them (even if she was so inclined) because we pay this quango queen a staggering £143K pa for a 3-day week. How frightfully demanding for her, and stupidly wasteful for us. I’m pleased to see that Maude has fired a shot across her bows now, but she has still been given “until the end of the year” to stop her outrageous pronouncements. She’s less use than a blocked drain and should have been sent packing long before now.

      Like

  4. 6
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “UPDATE: Guido is trying to get hold of someone from UK Uncut who will no doubt be livid about such practices. Right?

    And dont forget to mention the Guardian , top football players , After all Guido we wouldnt want them to become inconsistant now or they would lose any credibilty they have .

    I may just add that Tax avoidence is legal and should be praticed by everyone .

    Like

    • 30
      Steve Miliband says:

      They are all at it – using Holland, Bermuda etc – known as the “Double Irish” and the “Dutch Sandwich”

      Major pop groups, companies and top sportsmen.

      Like

  5. 7
    Engineer says:

    Saint Tony Bliar doing something financial that’s not entirely straightforward?

    Well, knock me down with a feather…..

    Like

  6. 9
    rob says:

    Well UKuncut wont say anything because its labourites performing the tax swindle its only shops they target and anyone not connected or affiliated with the labour movement.

    quite odd really that their so moralistic that they only target the people they want to and not labour party members or even ex PM’s

    Like

  7. 10
    Evie Lennon says:

    Both Bliar and McDoom are unmitigated shysters, one responsible for the deaths of thousands, and the other squirreled money into his ‘slush’ fund, that he cannot account for. What do you expect from Leiber – honesty? One question Guido, why do the folks of this Country not hold Leiber responsible for the mess we’re in? This country has thrown its brains through the window.

    Like

    • 104
      Mike Hunt says:

      It’s called 13 years of Education. Education. Education (the dumbing down thereof).

      Like

    • 139

      Hold them accountable how? The best chance would have been the election 9 months ago.

      Sadly the public weren’t offered a credible alternative so all we got was Cleggoron’s pathetic mish-mash of a coalition.

      Like

  8. 11
    Desperate Dan says:

    A UK Uncut film will be featured on Newsnight tonight. I’m sure it will be all about the Blair/Brown tax dodges. How could it not be?

    Like

  9. 12

    Socialists lining their pockets? well I never.

    Like

  10. 14
    jgm2 says:

    Don’t most charities pay more in staff costs than they do on whatever charitable work they’re carrying out? I believe the RSPCA puts well over half of all donations into their staff costs and a lot of the rest into their pension fund.

    Time for the jgm2 charitable trust and image rights company to get off the drawing board and into the 2% tax business.

    Like

    • 29
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Depends what they are.
      Charities who have a main aim of giving money or food to people should have less than 10% admin.

      One might imagine that something like an organisation giving people legal help/advice might spend all their money on “admin”.

      Like

      • 112
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        At which point on the sliding scale do they stop calling themselves,”Charity”‘ and start calling themselves, “NGO”?

        Like

      • 130
        Anonymous says:

        http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/SearchMatchList.aspx

        Have a shifty around this site loads of interesting stuff

        Like

      • 140

        It all comes down to how you account for things.

        Obviously tins of beans and blankets for the homeless come under the heading of “charitable costs”. Similarly the Director, Chief Accountant and their Comfort Girls … ooops … Secretaries … come under the heading of “Admin”. But what about the other staff members?

        If one of your charitable aims is political activism and advocacy … ooops … education and raising awareness …. you can write off the salaries of quite a few under the charitable heading. The fact they do nothing but shuffle paper and write “studies” that “prove” the charity’s agenda and never go within a mile of the “icky” end of the business is immaterial.

        Like

    • 31
      Eeu to me says:

      You missed out the company cars some charities provide to get around their database quicker any charity that can afford to advertise on telly is already getting too much money.

      Like

    • 100
      annnnoyperson says:

      I suggested this to my boss, not so long ago…

      Like

  11. 17
    From the desk of Gordon and Sarah says:

    Look you half wits. We believe that taxes should be higher and we should take more of other people money and piss it up the wall.

    We just dont wish to pay taxes ourselves. because it, you know, takes a really big chunk out of the money you get to keep.

    Like

    • 28
      The name is Cock, Handycock says:

      Well said Gordon, a most politically astute remark and a policy, I myself employ, especially concerned with the money I receive from local ‘Businessmen’ (Drug Dealers) for giving out planning permissions. How do you think I got my villa in Spain?

      Like

      • 45
        Backwoodsman says:

        “How do you think I got my villa in Spain”?
        Donations from a grateful Russian security service ?

        Like

      • 90
        Anonymous says:

        I’ve met your wife Nora, Mr Cock.

        Like

        • 127
          The name is Cock, Handycock says:

          I will have you know ‘Backwoodsman’ that my gratuities from the Russian Secret Service are tax free anyway, as they are paid into an offshore bank. With regards to the name of my wife ‘Anonymous’ it is not Nora but Jacqui and the names of my girlfriends are Katya, Tatiana, Ludmilla, Svetlana etc. etc.
          Anymore aspersions cast against my character will be swiftly dealt with; isn’t that so Grant?

          Like

          • Grant Murphy says:

            Right on Mike!

            Like

          • Gordon Brown says:

            Nice to hear from you Grant. Sir Fred Goodwin sends his regards. We both enjoyed meeting you at the dinner organised by Mike in the Portsmouth Guildhall a few years ago. As I said at the time, political donations can provide a lot of protection and they have eh? Good luck in your business and long may the protection continue. Boaz.

            Like

          • Would that be the same Katya, Tatiana, Ludmilla and Svetlana recently seen entering Silvio berlusconi’s villa for a bunga bunga party?

            Like

  12. 20
    Gordon Brown says:

    I will make a statment about this to the house at 15.30.

    Like

  13. 21
    Laing says:

    I would like to donate Mssrs Blair and Brown to that well known charity organisation ‘We Sell Any Twat’ for disposal at their discretion in the nearest landfill or army firing range

    Like

  14. 22
    Labour, the party of misfits. says:

    Brown’s not all bad, when he started raping the pensions fund by £5 billions a year I started buying Krugerrands. Cheers Gordon!

    Like

  15. 24

    Last day of the window.

    Simon Hughes has had a transfer request refused.
    Labour Rangers had made an initial bid of 78p.

    John Bercow still expected to sign for Labour Rangers later today on a free transfer.

    Rumours of a £3 million pound bid for Liam Fox from PSV -UKIP have not been denied.
    Fox has not played for the front bench sine July.

    More updates ….

    Like

    • 26
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Very good Bill :-)

      Like

      • 38

        **** Gordon Brown may be going on loan to Washington’s D.C. United.
        He’s having a medical to see if he’s recovered from the injury to his pride. He has been out since May. ***Transfer hinges on how much Labour will pay D.C. United to take him.***

        Like

    • 43
      Steve Miliband says:

      Balls vying to be the new No1 for Fabian City.
      Johnson announces retirement from Primer ship

      Like

      • 56
        Engineer says:

        Harriet Harman has today issued a statement, saying “At the end of the day, it’s a House of two halves, and the team with the best spirit and commitment will take the spoils. It isn’t over ’till the last second, and the fat lady hasn’t sung yet.”

        Sky Sports commentators have responded by saying, “Do us a favour, love.”

        Like

        • 88
          Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

          Tory FC are considering getting rid of their striker.
          Last season he was presented with numerous open goals but failed to score on each occasion
          As a result of these failures, Tory FC were forced into having to ground share with the LDAFC, a team from the lower league.

          The LDAFC top striker claims to have scored over 30 times, but no-one believes him.

          Like

          • Refuse bucket says:

            Looks like that Tory striker plays for the Gunners methinks. That Danish twat they have at present can’t hit a barn door from two feet away.

            Like

        • 111
          Jack Dromey says:

          Thats all very well Hattie love, but its not getting the ironing done now is it?

          Why dont you run along and make us all a nice cup of tea.

          Like

        • 122
          Sir Barrington Minge says:

          And she doesn’t know what the fucking offside rule is either

          Like

  16. 32
    Gordon Brown says:

    Anyone up for a fisting?

    Like

  17. 44
    Desperate Dan says:

    The pimps who sell Gordon Brown to the world also represent 4 Poofs and a Piano. They specialise in novelty acts.

    Like

  18. 47
    Airey Belvoir says:

    According to Gordon’s website (a remarkable example of self-delusion) he was part of a Government ‘That changed Britain for the better and forever”. I know the first part not to be true, fingers crossed that the second is not either!

    Like

    • 54
      Mirror Mong says:

      Take a walk around any major city or large town. You will soon understand what ‘changing the UK forever’ really means

      Like

  19. 49
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    now if it had been Tories this would be all over the News and Uk u-c-unts would spouting there hateful shit.

    Like

  20. 51
    Desperate Dan says:

    That explains why The Guardian have suppressed the Wikileaks list of Swiss Bank account holders.

    Like

    • 62
      Engineer says:

      Hang on, I’m a tad confused by the Guardian approach. To precis;

      Wikileaks – good.

      Phone hacking – bad (if News International).

      Phone hacking – no comment (if Trinity Mirror Group).

      Wikileaks Swiss Bank account holders – good (if capitalist pigs).

      Wikileaks Swiss Bank account holders – bad (if fine upstanding socialists).

      Hmm – no inconsistency there, then.

      Like

      • 113
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        What about the consistency of unenlightened ideological self-interest running through your little list?

        Like

    • 110
      Refuse bucket says:

      Tell Mr Assange to pass a copy to our host then.

      Like

      • 143

        Didn’t you read the Graun’s interview with our host? It’s in the linkie block in the top rh corner of this page under the heading “Pummel them ‘Till They Beg For Mercy”.

        Reading between the lines, it seems Master Fawkes and Mr Assange don’t always get along as well one might expect.

        Like

  21. 52
    gildedtumbril says:

    There are those who say braun and bliar should be tarred and feathered. Some say they should be hanged. Others say they should be hanged, drawn and quartered. Personally I feel they have earned the gamut, all three therefore have been well earned.
    Justice should always be generous especially to robbing bastards like those.

    Like

  22. 55
    This is a joke, Right? says:

    In addition to the costs of the Office, the costs associated with Mr Brown’s role as Distinguished Global Leader at New York University are met by New York University.

    http://www.gordonandsarahbrown.com/

    Like

  23. 58
    I hate New Labour says:

    Why would anybody pay that mad, fat, half-blind Scottish moron a penny to hear what he thinks about *anything*?

    And Blair, well, all I can say is I wish him a slow painful death and the conscience of an illegal war and the deaths of thousands hounding him for the rest of his (hopefully short) life.

    Like

    • 61
      Anonymous says:

      Especially the Nigerians. It has to be a scam.

      Like

    • 66
      Mincing Mandelson says:

      He gave my friends £billions in government contracts and grants so after I’ve taken my cut I arrange for Gordon to receive some crumbs from the table.
      Tony and Gordon both like to call it “payment for talks and lectures” .

      Like

    • 75
      Max the Impaler says:

      Precisely, just who in the name God is paying money to listen to the two biggest liars and incompetent economic gurus the UK has ever produced. If this is so, it only confirms my suspicion that the world is now insane.

      Like

    • 107
      Old dog no tricks says:

      I thinks its billed as a comedy act !

      Like

  24. 60
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nuke Scotland !!!! Free England forever!!!!!

    Like

  25. 65
    Gordon Brown, Deficit Denier-in-Chief says:

    PLEASE buy my book, ‘ Beyond Trash The Crash.

    It’s sold 11,000 copies of which I’ve given away 10,000 ( tax deductible )

    Like

  26. 67
    streamfisher says:

    UK uncut? FFS.

    Like

  27. 69
    Slotgob says:

    I love money.

    Like

  28. 72
    Mixed Messages says:

    What point are you trying to make:-

    is it:

    1. People who give to charity are tax dodgers?

    2. Giving to charity is wrong?

    3. UK Uncut support Tony Blair?

    4. UK Uncut support Gordon Brown?

    It seems to me all four are nonsense anyway.

    Like

    • 79
      Socialists = Sociopaths says:

      B£iar and Brown seem to construct byzantine arrangements to avoid taxes.

      Like

    • 83
      Desperate Dan says:

      If these sleazebags, who donate a minute fraction of their incomes to charity, weren’t tax dodging perhaps we wouldn’t need charities in the first place.
      And charities called the BLAIR this and the BROWN look as thought their main purpose is to publicise the names BLAIR and BROWN.

      Like

    • 92
      South of the M4 says:

      You are looking too deeply. The ‘ point ‘ is simply, hypocrisy.

      Like

  29. 77
    harry tuttle says:

    Boring…..move on guido

    Like

  30. 78

    “The Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown” whom does the Fifeshire financial dimwit think he is?
    Some sort of fecking royalty?
    Should have been sectioned years ago, still I suppose Sarah has to be kept in the loop or else certain facts might escape!
    Fecking one-eyed Gay Gordon!!!!

    Like

  31. 82
    Gove The Gimp says:

    errrrrrrrrr you didnt get the memo then.

    Last week Blair was a right wing neo con hero. LOL

    Like

  32. 85
    Gordy says:

    I simply want to find myself. That’s a charitable act surely? Does anyone know where I am? I was last seen in Florence last November, apparently.

    Like

  33. 86
    Gove The Gimp says:

    “””MP is making a cool £15,000 an hour on the international stage.”””

    The politics of envy is Guido standard answer to the above…LOL

    Like

  34. 87
    John Alex Wood says:

    I can’t believe the Charities Commission gave Blair the OK; Scientology doesn’t get one!

    Bigots, one and all.

    Like

    • 106
      Observer says:

      The Charity Commission (not “Charities”) is pretty hopeless.

      Like

      • 119
        jgm2 says:

        PLUS the Charity Chairperson is a Labour apparatchik politically appointed to go after private schools and definitely not to question ex-Labour PM’s tax arrangements.

        Hope that helps.

        Like

  35. 124
    tankus says:

    BoNo may have been coaching them

    “The non-profit One campaign received almost £9.6million in donations in 2008 but handed over only £118,000 to good causes.
    Figures show that the group also spent more than £5.1million on executive and staff salaries.”

    “Another initiative spearheaded by Bono to help millions of Aids sufferers in Africa – Red – was criticised in 2007 after it was claimed it raised only £9million for the needy despite costing an estimated £50million to set up. Red disputed this figure.”

    Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/841666-bono-under-fire-over-one-charity-donations-totalling-9-6m#ixzz1CdFfnulU

    Like

  36. 132
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Blair looks like the Evil Monkey from Family Guy in that photo.

    http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcROwi9sRovwufuFlZboa5AtusJRkrKBn3Z5pvtMNWka7W2nBNBa&t=1

    Like

  37. 133
    John Ward says:

    The Slog is still trying to get the Mailegraph hacking story off the ground, but Gallagher and Co are blocking my comments.
    So here’s another one…

    http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/hackgate-the-slog-digs-up-a-mail-past-the-new-telegraph-team-wants-to-forget/

    Like

  38. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Wait a second. I think the classic “mistake” is being made here confusing standard accounting practices with tax dodging. Even if there was no “Office Of Gordon And Sarah Brown” the salaries of any staff employed and any premises required as part of the business of delivering talks / consulting / whatever else he’s doing for cash these days could come out of his pre-tax income as expenses, presuming he raises invoices for these talks which is most likely. If he isn’t paid cash in hand, your builder and his sub-contractors will be doing the same thing.

    Like

  39. 145
    A Caption says:

    TB: There is the idiot.
    GB: Where? I cannot see him

    Like

  40. 146
    Jon says:

    Hold on Guido, aren’t your businesses incorporated in Nevis? Why is it a problem that Brown is billing his speeches through a limited company? I bet you don’t pay Tory Bear out of your taxed income, so why should Brown?

    You’re the one always going on about Labour double standards, and you’re doing it yourself!

    Like

  41. 148
    Pretty Straight Kinda Guy says:

    What exactly is Ruth Turner’s position at the Blair Faith Foundation? What has she got worth 120k?

    Like

  42. 149
    Anonymous says:

    Wonder why the “Unlike” tab on the Gordon and Sarah website headline banner is disabled….?

    Like


Seen Elsewhere

Government Needs 10.6% Spending Cuts To Meet Target | IFS
What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts


VOTER-RECALL
Find out more about PLMR


Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:

“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”



cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:






RSS




AddThis Feed Button
Archive


Labels
Guido Reads
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,466 other followers