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Friday 15 December 2017

Carr admits his blunder in failed plot to dodge tax bill

COMEDIAN Jimmy Carr will admit the row over his tax affairs was "entirely my fault" on his television show 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Carr presents the Channel 4 comedy panel game tonight for the first time since the news broke about him using a complex scheme to avoid paying HM Revenue and Customs.

His fellow panellists tease him mercilessly about his domination of the headlines this week, with team captain Sean Lock telling him: "We all like to put a bit of money away for a rainy day, don't we? But I think you're more prepared than Noah."

British prime minister David Cameron joined a chorus of criticism of Carr, whose tax arrangements were disclosed.

Describing them as "straightforward tax avoidance", the PM said it was unfair on the people who pay to watch the comic perform that he is not paying his taxes in the same way they do.



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Carr bowed to pressure and issued a statement apologising for his actions, saying he had "made a terrible error of judgment".

But that doesn't stop his fellow comedians turning their rapacious wit on him during filming for the Channel 4 programme.

When he heard Carr was on the front pages of newspapers, Lock joked that he feared much worse.

He said: "I was expecting to see one of those white police tents in the background and a copper holding a laptop in a see-through carrier bag."

Carr replied: "I've been dishing it out for years, it's about time I got some."

And he went on: "I hate to sound like I'm passing the buck, but I'll tell you who I blame for this whole mess -- me. It's entirely my fault."

Carr said he met a financial adviser who asked: "Do you want to pay less tax? It's totally legal."

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