A Treasury spokesman said: "Most of the money was used to hire the army of private detectives who went out and found the accountants in the first place.
"An accountant will generally not admit that he doesn't know what capital gains tax is, so you have to try and catch them out with a few carefully worded questions.
"A typical question would be, 'I have two houses, I sell the one I don't live in most of the time, are there any tax implications?'. The correct answer is of course, 'I have no idea what you're talking about', although we would also accept, 'how are you spelling "tax"?'.
The spokesman added: "Darling's got to be fucked this time. Surely to God?"
Monday, 25 May 2009
The inimitable 'Daily Mash' on the tax return bombshell: