Top UK comedian in tax avoidance row

2012-06-22 09:26
London - One of Britain's best-known comedians has ended his involvement in a tax avoidance scheme after UK Prime Minister David Cameron called the shelter "morally wrong".

It is unusual for a Prime Minister to criticise an individual's tax strategy, but Cameron said it was wrong for Jimmy Carr to be paying less tax on his income than the people who pay to see him perform.

Carr apologised on Thursday for poor judgment and said he has ended his involvement with the shelter.

Government officials have said there are doubts about the legitimacy of the tax scheme.

Carr, who played a prominent role at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations this month, says his financial advisor told him the tax shelter was legitimate.