I have drawn attention to the Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) VAT abuse perpetrated by the Channel Islands for almost as long as this blog has been in existence, but my efforts pale into insignificance compared to those of Richard Allen.
Richard is an entrepreneur who was manager of Porcupine Tree ( a highly successful UK rock band that just sold out The Royal Albert Hall and Radio City Music Hall in USA), ran a label and also an online retail operation based on the UK mainland. Its business was destroyed by the VAT abuse promoted by the Channel Islands, and tolerated by successive governments in the United Kingdom.
As a result of Richard's work this issue has remained firmly in the public domain, and his ongoing campaign for reform looks increasingly likely to result in change, either because it will be imposed by Europe or because the Treasury will no longer be able to ignore the abuse,and the loss of hundreds of millions of VAT revenue a year that it gives rise to.
In the meantime, Richard has produced a new website highlighting the issues involved and I strongly recommend it to all with concern about organised, government-sponsored, tax abuse. It's not just Richard though. The site has backing from the cosmetics, ink cartridge, memory card and car parts industry involved as well as the backing of a number of major music industry trade organisations.
It's a highly professional looking site:
Strongly recommended to all with concern on this issue.