At least funnyman Carr has educated us about tax affairs

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Instead of lampooning comedian Jimmy Carr any further, we should be patting him on the back for shining a big light on the murky and mysterious world of tax.

Until last week, most of us were blissfully unaware of the fact that there was an alternative to paying the lump sum set out by the tax man each month. Our pay slips come and we lament the large chunk that never makes it into our bank account.

Now we know that the rich and the privileged have been exploiting a perfectly legal – but morally questionable – scheme to avoid losing the same proportion of their income.

Carr has been frank in admitting he’s no longer involved in the scheme. Is it too much to hope that others will now follow his lead?