January 20th, 2014

Mo Runs from Osborne

After his double gold Olympic glory, Mo Farah said: “I don’t know anything but England. When I run for my country I’m proud.” Ed Miliband called him “a hero for our country”, the Prime Minister wanted to give him a knighthood. Boris did the Mo-Bot…

Awkward then that Mo has applied to become a tax exile in Portland, Oregon, US – to reduce his bill. And who can blame him. Similarly, marathon champ Paula Radcliffe – after Gordon Brown raised the top rate of tax – moved to Monaco. As Guido pointed out in the Sun yesterday, the usual suspects  condemn such behaviour by the rich but, when it comes to these Olympic heroes, are silent…


106 Comments

  1. 1
    Specsavers says:

    A tax exile in Poundland?

    Fuck me, times must be hard.

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  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Surprised? Not really

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    • 9
      A lesson from history says:

      People can’t say they haven’t been warned what will happen if they elect Labour in 2015

      “In 1974 the top-rate of income tax increased to its highest rate since the war, 83%. This applied to incomes over £20,000, and combined with a 15% surcharge on ‘un-earned’ income (investments and dividends) could add to a 98% marginal rate of personal income tax. In 1974, just 750,000 people were eligible to pay the top-rate of income tax.”
      Source:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxation_in

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      • 45
        John Lennin says:

        I was labour through and through. Working class hero makes ton of cash. and we were genuine working class. Heroes of the Labour movement.

        But even we all left the UK for capitalist America in the 1970.

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  3. 3
    Danny Boyle says:

    That would have been a marvellous ending to the celebrations. To have all the athletes march triumphantly out of the Olympic stadium.

    Get on a plane and never to come back.

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    • 6
      Ed the next Prime Minister says:

      I wish to make it perefctly clear that I shall not be condemning professional footballers or sportsmen and women for earning exorbitantly high wages but bankers and energy bosses are fair game

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      • 29
        In need of correction says:

        I wish to make it perfectly clear that I shall not be condemning those who support Labour to be elected from Pop Stars and film stars or those who represent working class interests like sport stars and the largess they acquire but those who can’t answer back effectively are fair game.

        Ed Miliband aged XX

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  4. 4
    "Kral" says:

    His real name is Mohammed but “Mo” is more approachable for a population confused and wary about Islam.

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    • 11
      Rachel Reeves, Engleesh Teecha says:

      When using the name Mohammed please prefix with PBUH. That is the correct way to say that in the UK.

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      • 62
        I couldn't give a shit about their religious sensibilities says:

        Piss be upon him. Twice

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      • 68
        Pilot whale says:

        It is not a fucking prefix you silly cow! It is a suffix – you know, what comes after… Jesus, that Shirley Williams has a lot to answer for!

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  5. 5
    cep says:

    Where was he born again..?

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  6. 7
    Most professional sport is nonsense says:

    Did anybody really believe all that guff about being a patriot? I certainly didn’t.

    Mr Farah has always been motivated by what is good for Mr Farah.

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    • 16
      RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

      I suspect his wife/manager has much to do with it!

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      • 63
        I couldn't give a shit about their religious sensibilities says:

        How can a six year old be a manager?

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      • 72
        Fly on the wall says:

        So what, exactly, stopped him representing Somalia? They could probably do with a gold medal or two – at least it can be sold on the buy a bag of mealie meal or similar.

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    • 23
      jgm2 says:

      And what’s wrong with that? Plenty of home-grown athletes have jumped ship for tax purposes too. And who can blame them?

      52% tax? Fuck off. Just fuck off.

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    • 35
      Lord Stansted says:

      Indeed. Ditto all those other sporting “heroes”. A master at my old school actually told us that playing sport (well, cricket) was essential in developing morals. Poor man.

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    • 39
      Pob says:

      surely as a poster on a website with a strong Libertarian bent, you should be cheering this on!

      Libertarianism being defined by selfishness

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      • 40
        Ed Balls says:

        Agreed. I flipped my house 3 times purely for the wife.

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      • 43
        jgm2 says:

        All political philosophies are defined by selfishness. The politicians themselves selfishly seek power for its own sake. The (say) socialist voters selfishly want a ‘fair’ share – of somebody else’s money and the capitalist voters (say) want to selfishly keep their own money.

        We’re all (apart from a few like mother Theresa) in it for ourselves and any politician or socialist, capitalist or libertarian who tells you otherwise is a bare-face liar.

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      • 48
        Politics 101 says:

        Ineptocracy_****(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy)

        A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers

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      • 81
        move along now sonny says:

        Libertarianism being defined by Liberty, a fondness thereof.

        Acts of altruism mandated by force are not kindnesses but acts of slavery.

        Only the free can behave truly altruistically.

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  7. 8

    Hamburger eating must be our most successful sport now.

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  8. 10
    The Cumbrian says:

    One would wonder how much sponsorship he has received from the tax payer to help develop his career ?

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    • 38
      All that glitters is gold says:

      Don’t see it as a problem, you make your money and buzz off to places where you can enjoy it’s power, so long as you pop back now and again to fill up your bank account and thank the dickheads who freely supply the money to you then I don’t see it as a problem apart from me being jealous of the so and so.

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      • 64
        (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

        By dickheads I assume you mean the taxpayer via the BBC?

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      • 65
        Oldie says:

        I thought he’d “buzzed-off” because he trains in Boulder, Colorado with Alberto Salazar and a bunch of others. He spends more time there than in the UK.

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  9. 13
    Tin foil top hat says:

    Immigrants give more than they take!

    F&$#ing somali.

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  10. 14
    Drink more beer says:

    As Guido says taxes are for little people.

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  11. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone surprised its all anyone with cash does and nobodies intrested in stopping it apart from the poor paye employee.

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  12. 18
    Podiceps says:

    Parting the Red Sea to escape. Very appropriate.

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  13. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Representing USA soon. Immigrants contribute to the UK economy. Who said that?

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  14. 21
    Raving Loon says:

    Everyone’s a patriot until the government tries to take 50% of your income.

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    • 30
      jgm2 says:

      It’s worse than that. If taking 50% of ‘rich’ people’s income would balance the budget then there might have been some justification. But it didn’t. It was never going to. It was always going to result in less tax being collected as ‘the rich’ gave it ‘fuck. this’.

      Which is why it wasn’t introduced in 2007/8 when the shit hit the fan but only for the last three weeks of The Imbecility, knowing they were going to lose and knowing the Tories would reverse the tax rise so they could give it ‘cutting taxes for their rich mates’.

      Just pure spite from Labour.

      Labour = utter, utter c U n T s.

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  16. 25
    Zola Bud says:

    I can’t even afford shoes.

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  17. 28
    cheche says:

    The BBC love the Lord Rennard story – pity we didnt here as much while 1000 people were being abused on their premises

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    • 49
      Bill Quango MP/4 says:

      They’ve also been doing their nuts over Ukraine and the anti-Putin, pro EU demonstrations.

      But have been remarkably quiet about the Catalonia independence demonstrations in Spain.

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      • 76
        Fly on the wall says:

        Gib has gone quiet too. Is that border nonsense still in play or have the spix all gone home for a siesta and pinot?

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  18. 31
    Swiss Toni says:

    Your article is technically incorrect.
    He lives and trains in USA. Therefore he is tax resident in that country on the basis of days spent.
    His living in the USA has more to do with training facilities rather than tax rate.

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    • 51
      Something Something Something Darkside says:

      You know I’m up for this…But I can’t help feeling the Empire have better facilities than we do.

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      • 91
        John Bellingham says:

        If you want to see why Australia has vastly more successful sportsmen and women in just about any sport they participate in proportionate to their population–just visit any half-decent Aussie school. Even hick US Universities have sports facilities most national sports centres would die for. One suspects that “Mo” came to Britain because no one else would have him.

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  19. 33
    The British media and Police are cunts says:

    Ed Balls would fail Labour’s numeracy test

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    • 36
      Ed Balls says:

      Not if I took my socks off.

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    • 41
      jgm2 says:

      Ed Balls is failing Labour’s mute test at the moment. He’s invisible. He’s inaudible.

      Has he been unhappened and fed to the dogs by Miliband?

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      • 50
        Ed Balls says:

        No. Its just I can’t really think of anything to say that doesn’t make me look more stupid than I already do.

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        • 54
          jgm2 says:

          Don’t get me wrong Ned. I’ve been saying for years that Labour’s best bet is to keep you and Miliband off the TV screens. The last thing Labour needs is Miliband lisping his way through some prepared speech and you shout-stammering some utter bollocks at Osborne. It just reminds the voters what a pair of utterly incompetent jackasses you are.

          All you had to do was lie low for five years and say nothing.

          But you couldn’t help yourself and now Labour’s poll lead is down to 3%. And it gets less and less with every appearance you make on TV.

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  20. 52
    MB. says:

    Hasn’t he been spending most of his time in the US for some time?

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  21. 57
    motown farah says:

    Eat right, train right, eat right train right, eh what? you want how much in tax?? how about a bag of quorn instead? no oh well fuck it then, i’ve had all the support of the british olympic association and funding etc but if you thinki’m paying it back at that rate you can fuck off.

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    • 66
      Anonymous says:

      I don’t believe that he has much in the way of assistance from the BOA, in any case, they do not fund individual athletes.

      In the early days he was assisted by the London Marathons charitable fund so that is not taxpayer funding

      In any case he lives and works in the US, and is funded by and American company, so where’s the problem
      All in all, nothing to see – move on

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      • 80
        Comoonitee leeder says:

        The problem is all the bullshit he spewed about being British and then pissing off to Yankee land and paying sweet FA in UK tax.

        Hypocracy, I believe it’s called.

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  22. 58
    lojolondon says:

    People keep saying 50% tax – but the correct amount on a decent London salary is :

    45% income tax plus 12% NI plus 14% Employers contribution to NI plus 20% VAT plus more if you are buying fuel, cigarettes or alcohol plus paying for the “windfall” tax on mobile companies (plus interest) plus paying for the “franchise” fee on the railways (plus interest), plus £140 “Television Tax” etc., etc.

    50% is far below what most people pay to the government – at least they could admit that!

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  23. 60
    Jimmy says:

    It’s hardly tax exile if it’s where your job is.

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  24. 74
    ron says:

    The olympics mean nothing to me and they wouldn’t even happen if national governments didn’t pour state cash into them.

    I have never, ever heard anyone discuss the Olympics except when they are on TV and hyped to high heaven by the state broadcaster.

    Nobody would care if they were scrapped.

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    • 84
      Comoonitee leeder says:

      The Olympics would happen without state funding.

      Amateur athletes would compete for the love of the sport and prize money would not be a million quid for trotting round a field.

      Only the competitors mums would watch though.

      Yeah, it’s shite, scrap it.

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  25. 86
    sapailo says:

    At last,we can see the true meaning of the ‘mobot’ gesture.It means “my money !”

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    • 89
      in memory of massacred Xtians in the ME says:

      I thought it meant “Mohammed, BBUH, is coming to get you, infidel”.

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  26. 88
    Airey Belvoir says:

    I’m aways surprised that elite athletes are so revered, decorated and generally bigged-up when they are, almost without exception, among the most selfish, self-obsessed people in society. They will take anything that’s going, and a fixation on self is probably essential to succeed at what they do.

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    • 92
      John Bellingham says:

      see post 84 above. When sport was amateur the amateurs were good sports. now that games are professional–the profession is no game.

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  27. 93
    Anon. says:

    “I just want to put something back”

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  28. 96
    The Poltergeist says:

    Like many a sportsmen they are British when it suits them.

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  29. 97
    Exile says:

    Less tax, higher pay. Provided you can avoid getting shot, or beaten up by the cops, it’s better than the UK.

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  30. 99

    There has to be more here than just being a tax exile. Oregon has a substantially progressive state income tax. Given his choice he could have picked a state with no state tax on income (I’ll let that sink in to you poor Brits out there). There must be another angle.

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  31. 100
    Snotty Orifice says:

    My nose keeps running. Can I have a gold medal now?

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  32. 101
    Trotsky's Ice Pick says:

    For the same or less cost of renting a 3 bedroom terraced house in Balham you can rent a 2700 ft 2 house with ten acres in Pennsylvania AND own guns. Who on earth would stay in the UK with gas at $9 a gallon and a socialist government pretending to be conservative? Income tax 40% + VAT @ 20% and all the other crap you put up with? Ice Pick

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  33. 103
    Nigel Cassidy says:

    Keener to accept Lottery and public funding than to give it back.

    Thanks Mo.

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  34. 104
    broderick crawford says:

    He s picked the wrong State there. .

    not Oregon , not Montana , not even good ole Delaware .
    South Dakota that s the place . Perpetual trusts set up allowed that permit the beneficiary to extract from the trust a sum large enough to live high on the hog with his family during his lifetime but no more . The ownership of the trust is never .in the name if the living beneficiary but passes to his designated successor on his death on the same basis forever and ever , Hence never any death duties to pay …… and of course totally private and copperplate registration address only with a local attorney as sole nominated settlor.

    Who s advising you Mo . Get yourself a competent bean counter … I ve got a name or two if you require but it ll cost you .

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  35. 105
    Anonymous says:

    This seems to be nonsense. Mo will pay US Federal income tax (top rate 39.6%) plus Oregon state income tax (top rate 9.9%). Can Guido tell us where the tax saving is?

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