sandpiper wrote in post #17395169
Of course, that can go horribly wrong when the taxman sees that publicity and notices that you only paid tax on a tiny fraction of that amount for the whole year, so pops round to audit your books. They will probably take some convincing that it is all a publicity stunt, when there is no sign of such a sale in your accounts. If you can't convince them that the sale was fake you could get a very hefty tax bill, and if you CAN convince them that it was all a con, then they have a pretty good idea of your level of honesty and integrity and will view your accounting with that in mind. The last thing you want is a tax inspector who thinks you are happy to screw around with figures to your advantage.
Not really... People can state whatever they like (outside from inciting hatred, insults, advocating crime and similar.)
If there is no evidence of any transaction, they cannot tax you for it. At least assuming the legal system is worth anything...
-> They may ask to see your accounts, fine. They may even investigate if they have a good reason to do so, BUT if there is nothing in your accounts and you state it was a publicity stunt, the authorities would have to prove that a sale took place.
Otherwise the "innocent until proven guilty" would not mean a thing - and in that case it isn't a country I'd want to live in.