October 8th, 2012

Unions Help Members Minimise Tax Bills By £26 Million

Fresh from last week’s Pilgrims victory the Trade Union Reform Campaign fringe event is just getting under way in Birmingham. Tory MP Rob Halfon will reveal that unions help their members minimise their tax bills by an astonishing £26 million through a variety of complex financial services schemes. Unite offer personal taxation services which have resulted in “over £6.3 million already refunded to Unite members”, while Unison say that on average over £200 tax per person is saved. Good to see the unions finally embracing capitalism…

H/T @paul_t_abbott


  1. 1
    Jimmy says:

    Good to see Mr. Halfwit finally promoting the benefits of union membership.

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Left wing tax avoidance = Good

    Right wing tax avoidance = Evil

    Me say Tax avoidance is EVERYONES DUTY!

  3. 3
    Dr Nuts says:

    Unions may embrace Capitalism, but they still remain leaches to the industries they are involved in. They are only useful if they serve their purpose, to prevent dangerous conditions, and fair pay.

    Fair pay should include paying taxes accrude. The Trade Union movement today are practically an anachronism.

  4. 4
    Dr Nuts says:

    Oh dear, so you don’t vote Conservatives who want everyone to pay taxes according to G. Osbourne’s speech at midday!
    Something to agree with.

  5. 5
    annette curton says:

  6. 6
    Dave"The One Term Prime Minister" Cameron says:

    I have just received a summons charging me “A public electronic communication which is grossly offensive ie a tweet”

    Bugger,I knew I should have followed Guido.

  7. 7
    UKIP.i.am.awake says:

    No wonder Ed Millionaireband doesn’t pay the high tax rate.

  8. 8
    Lefty CuntWatch says:

    Sorry Jimmy, but your filthy lefty union, non-jobbing chavvy, skiving plebs are under attack from the Filthy Rich Capitalists. You’re all going down and your fucking Marxist employment contracts are going too, in favour of shares4workers-rights!

    It will cost you voters just like Maggies right-to-buy!

  9. 9
    jgm2 says:

    With the money they save they’ll be able to pay for their own ‘Pilgrims’.

  10. 10
    The BBC are cunts says:

    We are proud of everyone of them.

  11. 11
    Hypocrisy party says:

    Left wing tax dodging good. Right wing tax dodging bad.

  12. 12
    jgm2 says:

    I’m not sure about that. I don’t think there are too many folk so short-sighted that they’d swap their one-sided employment contract for a couple of thousand quid in ‘shares’ with no liquidity (in the majority of cases).

    Mind you, 28% of the population voted Labour even after the Maximum Imbecile had destroyed the UK economy so you never know.

  13. 13
    A Silent Eructation says:

  14. 14
    Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

    Benefits. You’re the expert, no doubt.

  15. 15
    retardEd Miliband says:

    Mithter spthpeaker, mithter spthpeaker,

    Thith ith outwageouth.

    I am not a millionaire.

  16. 16
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    They are idiots who have not thought through the disadvantages. Do the unions really want to be overrun with membership applications from Tory MPs?

  17. 17
    jgm2 says:

    I am. Where’s my cheque for 40K? You said I was going to get a cheque. Where’s my fucking cheque you lying c*unt?

  18. 18
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Its onl;y wrong when those nasty anti “progressives” do it.

    There is nothing progressive about the Unions.

    Time to smash them – for that we will need a new Thatcher – a Tory leader with balls.

  19. 19
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Well……everyone except the offshore skulkers like Ashcroft and the entire trust dependent Osborne clan.

  20. 20
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    And, of course, the exemption for the overseas publishing rights of Silvio Strauss-Johnson.

  21. 21
    David B says:

    Hope they have paid the correct fees to the FSA

  22. 22
    Jimmy says:

    Its over. We have won. The client state cannot be un-ravelled now. Over 50% of the nation is now reliant on state investment – tell me how you are going to buy the electorate back? With what? Osbournes Shares? Ha. Ha. Ha.

  23. 23
    jgm2 says:

    Tax avoidance is your national duty. The less you pay in taxes the more you have to spend as you choose and the less the government has to spend buying other peoples votes with your money.

  24. 24
    Kitty Fiddler says:

    You can’t tax me, I’m part of the Union.

  25. 25
    jgm2 says:

    I’m going to be ‘buying’ them back by starving the fuckers into submission. If nobody paid any taxes then the client state would collapse overnight.

  26. 26
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Why on earth would we want a Tory leader with Balls? We have spent enough time trying to get rid of him.

  27. 27
    The FSA, set up by Brown expressly to turn a blind eye to everything says:

    We can’t see anything wrong with any financial scheme until it’s too late.

  28. 28
    BOB CROW says:


  29. 29
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    No problem. The FSA only realised last week that their remit didn’t cover food standards.

  30. 30
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘Good to see the unions finally embracing capitalism…’

    Here we go again. I thought this nosense had ened when Louise (‘You can’t be anti-capitalist if you buy coffee in Starbucks’) Mensch pissed off. Capitalism is to do with the private ownership of the means of production. It’s got nothing to do with tax rebates or buying a house on a mortgage. If you live in a capitalist society it’s impossible to isolate yourself from it completely – as in, going down the a shop and paying for goods with money that you’ve been paid as wages.

  31. 31
    annette curton says:

    Must be somebody out there with the elementary research skills to do a run down of our 648 MPs assets and then we will all know once and for all who is and who is not a millionaire in the generally accepted sense of the dictionary definition, for starters Ed is worth at least £2.5 million.

  32. 32
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    The epitaph for Ian Paisley?

  33. 33
    Gordon Brown's Greatest Fan says:

    In fairness, I think this site is about recovering tax overpaid rather than promoting some of the more extreme examples of tax avoidance scheme.

    Having said that, it does demonstrate an element of schizophrenia in that if a corporate seeks to ensure that it pays as little tax as possible they are attacked by Unions and Ed Millionband as vermin, yet when their members do the same it becomes entirely justified.

    (Be interesting to how much the firm of accountants behind TaxBuddies (TWD Accountants?) contribute to the Unions for the privilege of getting access to their members).

  34. 34
    ed martin says:

    are you astonished that £26m was all that was ‘saved’?

    andwhat was the cost of the soi disant ‘advice’?

    perhaps the cost of being trapped in a long term pension fund to be bled steadily by

    ‘advisers’ and terminally by the state

    some saving!

  35. 35
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    A trade union – an organisation that tries to get the best deal for its members in a capitalist society. Nothing to do with ‘socialism’.

  36. 36
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    If Gobby Gove is going to blog under a false identity someone should teach him to spell.

  37. 37
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Strange. I believe this is also the precise definition of the Bullingdon.

  38. 38
    Socialism is a severe mental illness says:

    “Over 50% of the nation is now reliant on state investment”

    Or to put it another way, “Thanks to Labour, over half the population are slaves.”

  39. 39
    Jimmy says:

    Bottomley I think is still in Unite. He was even offered sponsorship.

  40. 40
    a non says:

    Shares in Heavy Metal? Ozzy of Black Sabbath fame?
    Believe you confuse Osborne with Osbourne Jimmy, but then a lot confuses you.

  41. 41
    Jimmy says:

    There’s the problem. If you guidophiles are going to spoof me I don’t expect you suddenly to become funny but surely at least one of you can spell.

  42. 42
    A retired shop steward says:

    I am of an age to think that if a Government is prepared to let me have something with a ” tax free ” tag then it most certainly is not worth having and is best avoided .

  43. 43
    Not connected to Edinburgh arsewipes on motorbikes. says:

    They only accept it on their terms. Arseholes!

  44. 44
    I am not a member of the NUS and no relation of mine is either. Deal with that reality says:

    Unions are so far up their arseholes they are out of touch with reality.

  45. 45
    keredybretsa says:

    They can‘t be all bad.

  46. 46
    anonymous says:

    government helps rich bastards with tax bill to tune of £140 billion – fuck off tory bastards

  47. 47
    jiver says:

    This is a non story. From time to time I receive forms from my union to fill in to help ensure that I have not neglected to claim something like a tools allowance or professional organisation fees. If you think about it for less than a second, anyone paying trade union fees is likely to be on a low or middle income salary and not looking for tax rebates on mega-earnings.

  48. 48
    Rockin' Ronnie says:


  49. 49
    Bob Diamond says:

    ‘Fair pay should include taxes accrude’. What a silly idea, should I tell my pals in the Cayman Islands?

  50. 50
    Thomas Strome says:

    A good news will really uplift the spirits of all your members. Tax has become something employees don’t want to pay for because it just get bigger each payday. Thinking about getting a irs continuing education.

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