Janet Daley on why tax avoidance is the right thing to do

Very little riles up the nation’s outrage so much as tax avoidance – a procedure that is entirely legal yet widely considered to be ethically wrong. 

Celebrities who have been caught using tax avoidance schemes have been publicly shamed and even faced calls to have their honours removed. 

But Telegraph columnist Janet Daley, the guest on this week’s Moral Money episode and a philosopher by background, argues that there’s nothing wrong with it at all. If the Government wanted to crack down on it, she says, it should be made illegal. 

In episode two, podcast hosts Lauren Davidson and Sam Meadows put two ethical conundrums to Janet Daley. In the first, a listener asks whether she should step in to prevent her boyfriend “cooking the books” to minimise their tax liabilities. 

The second question focuses on whether a young man can ask his retired father, whose generation he believes “had it easier”, to stop squandering his inheritance.