‘Why did the chicken cross the road’ jokes for our times

Why did the chicken cross the road?

The economic reality is that it makes no difference what side of the road the chicken is on and the crossing of the road should be disregarded for tax purposes.


4 thoughts on “‘Why did the chicken cross the road’ jokes for our times

  1. In fact the chicken is avoiding tax, because as a food product it is zero-rated for VAT and is thus contributing to the tax gap in this country which I seem to recall you calculated recently at some £5 trillion?

    I say that HMRC should impose a £100 penalty on the chicken.

    And I know Ivan Bollocks will agree with me and is likely to contribute a 500 word post to say so.

  2. Frankly, by refusing to cross the road, and thus be taxed fairly for it’s activity, the chicken is indeed engaged in tax-avoidance.

    Chickens should be compelled to cross the road, society as a whole, and civil society in particular demands that chickens pay their fair share. Civil society, candidly, also demands HMRC immediately implement roost-by-roost reporting.

  3. The chicken did not in fact cross the road as the road was blocked by protesting masses, raging against the injustice of a loss making corporate not paying tax. Even if the protesters were to disperse then the chicken could still not cross the road, as it is full of potholes, all the fault of said corporate tax avoiders.
    It’s all very simple. Expenses should be disallowed in full and taxes paid solely on turnover.

  4. @Steve, we should certainly be thankful for this post. Even when introducing levity into the form, Murphy has given us all a deeper insight into the activities of those who choose to undermine society (civil and polite, as defined) through their tax-avoiding activities and practices. In this particular case an entirely new addition to the framed narrative: animals who avoid tax. No doubt these chickens have been brainwashed by consumptive marketing techniques designed to destroy society and prevent the rightful receipt of funding for those seeking grants.

    Frankly, these new insights are, by turn: profound, compelling, amazing and worrisome.

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