Crony taxman who gave Goldman Sachs £10m retires – Prison would be more appropriate

If I had just done a deal like that with Goldman Sachs, I would probably be retiring too….in the Bahamas.

Until we start a real crackdown on bankster crimes instead of just letting them get away with it all, the corruption will carry on. These people need to go to prison. We can make room for them by letting all the pot smokers out.

The controversial taxman who signed off a deal that saved Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s richest banks, up to £10m in tax is to retire.

Dave Hartnett, the Permanent Secretary for Tax at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), will leave the civil service next summer, it was announced yesterday.

Earlier this year he was accused of misleading Parliament after telling a Commons committee he “did not deal with Goldman’s tax affairs”, only for a whistleblower to reveal Mr Hartnett had signed off the agreement to waive up to £10m interest on unpaid tax.

Mr Hartnett denied lying and insisted he did not deal with the bank’s tax affairs “in the normal sense” when he was challenged by Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Mrs Hodge responded by accusing him of “laughable” denials.

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