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HSBC, Tax Avoidance – and Faith?

12 February 2015
Professor Andrew Basden

Professor Andrew Basden

The HSBC bank has been criticised for helping its clients to avoid paying tax. Stephen Green, in charge of HSBC at the time, is an ordained Christian priest.

Whether or not he knew what was going on, is it right to help the rich avoid paying tax? Is it moral? Is it in line with the Christian – or any other – faith?

I share Stephen Green’s Christian faith but I approach such questions from a multi-aspectual point of view – which incidentally helps me see why Stephen Green’s book, Good value, is somewhat limited in its outlook.