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So, here's a question for you...

What do Google, Starbucks, Amazon and other large multinationals all have in common?

The answer is tax avoidance.





OK, I'm not going to go into what's right or wrong with these companies not paying their fair share of tax, but what I will say is that there is such a public revulsion to companies who make millions but pay as little in tax as possible.

And it's not just companies - for those of you in the UK, you'll know the scandal around comedian Jimmy Carr who used a perfectly legal loophole to avoid paying tax. However, Jimmy wasn't the only UK celebrity to do this ... in fact Gary Barlow from Take That actually paid even less than Jimmy, but as Gary is a bit of a darling as far as the press are concerned then it's Jimmy who took the flack for everyone.

But I digress.

Tax avoidance is wrong and people's reaction to it is one of disgust (even those who avoid tax are disgusted by others who do ... go figure!).

So what has this got to do with revenge?

Quite simply, why not harness the current public hatred for tax avoiders by letting your ex's neighbours "know" that your ex hasn't paid his taxes for the past 3 years.

Exposing them as a tax cheat (or indeed a social security benefit cheat) to those is their neighbourhood or social circle, will ensure that they are ostracised ... and if you're really lucky, people will take matters into their own hands.

This will work beautifully if your ex has recently moved house, purchased a car, gone on holiday ... but even if they haven't it'll still work.

No-one likes a tax cheat and I feel that it is our public duty to ensure those that avoid paying their fare share should be outed :-)

So, how do you go about doing this?

Well, you've got 2 options.

Firstly, most tax authorities have an anonymous tip hotline ... always worth a call :-)

Secondly, all you need to do is print some letters/leaflets/postcards saying something along the lines of:


"You know John Doe, who lives at number 124? Well we think you should know that in the past 3 years, he's not paid any income tax - in fact, he's such a tax cheat that he even shows other people how to do it!

How else do you think he can afford that new car, those home renovations, all those vacations?

Simple - hard working, honest people like you and me are paying more than we should do in tax to cover the tax that he avoids paying!

Don't worry - we've already contacted the relevant tax authorities, but we thought it only right to warn you that you are living a few doors away from the biggest tax cheat in the neighbourhood"


Once you've printed these letters, then simply send them to the neighbours.

I know you won't know the neighbours names, but if your ex lives at number 124, then all you have to do is address letters to "The Occupier" at number 100 to number 150

If the letters have stamps on them (as opposed to franked mail), then they'll always be opened and read.

And once you've sent them, then all you have to do is wait for mob rule to take over!

You see, the beauty in all of this, is that as humans, we are always prepared to believe the worst in each other and by capitalising upon the current public reaction to tax evasion, your "public notice" will resonate so much more and not be simply dismissed out of hand!
Comments
cynthia - 2013-08-26 23:23:13

That's an awesome plan! He won't know WTF hit him! And the IRS in US, takes anonymous reports by mail! Perfect topper! :-D



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