on 20 December 2012
This book looks like an exhaustive guide to the practical issues raised by investing in tax "havens". Personally I am do not have money to make such investments so not much use to me but looks pretty good. But as the very name suggests (why should there be a haven from tax-tax is what funds the services you need for a civilised society) it avoids the ethical issues raised by such investments. Similar issues have been raised by the now widely known behaviour of large multi national companies such as Starbucks. Google and I am afraid to say Amazon. All of whom have used various ways, all completely legal and in the case of Amazon not exactly a tax haven but based in Luxemburg the nearest European equivalent to one considerable amounts are being "saved" by the company at the cost to the society (in my case the UK) that they are being based in. Therefore I will not be able to buy this book as I am boycotting Amazon from 2013 onwards until it makes a change to its policy at least as costly as in percentage terms to that Starbucks has made. I have been a good Amazon customer and rate it service and products and very helpful staff so sorry to do this but only way I can see stop the hidden tax haven contributing the impoverisation and decline of the society in which I live. au revoir Amazon. Hope to return on good terms. If as I suspect this review is deleted on grounds of not being a reviewer thanks to those that do get chance to read it and to the person paid to remove it!
ps and to answer my own question Amazon are not strictly speaking tax avoiders since they do pay some tax but they are tax sidesteppers structuring their affairs in ways to pay less tax than they ought to