FT Carr tax morally wrong, says PM David Cameron, prime minister, on Wednesday branded the tax arrangements of comedian Jimmy Carr morally wrong after press reports that he was one of a number of celebrities using elaborate schemes to avoid paying tax. The comments followed revelations that financial arrangements used by Mr Carr and investments by members of the Take That pop band are being investigated by Revenue & Customs. The prime minister struck a populist note over the issue during a round of television interviews in Mexico on Wednesday, saying the comedians investments appeared to be very dodgy. But his rhetoric drew accusations of hypocrisy from Labour. Just before the general election it emerged that Lord Ashcroft, a Tory donor and former deputy chairman, had enjoyed non-dom tax status, and so did not pay UK tax on overseas earnings. Simon Danczuk, a Labour backbencher, said: Everyone should pay their tax but it is a bit rich for the prime minister to single out Jimmy Carr when he has friends like Lord Ashcroft, he said. Mr Camerons comments risk a repeat of tensions earlier in the year when the prime ministers tough stance against bonuses at Royal Bank of Scotland annoyed many Tory donors and supporters. The controversy over alleged avoidance by entertainers triggered by reports in The Times newspaper reflects increased public focus on the tax affairs of wealthy individuals and companies at a time of fiscal austerity. Revenue & Customs said: HMRC [the Revenue] is extremely effective at shutting down tax avoidance schemes fast and effectively. Carr tax ‘morally wrong’, says PM - FT.com Kettle and black come to mind however I may be wrong.