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I pay the tax I have to - Carr
Comedian Jimmy Carr's admission that he made a "terrible error of judgment" over his tax affairs marks a sharp U-turn for the comic.
Carr was confronted over his financial arrangements during a show in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, earlier this week.
Challenged by a member of the audience who told him "You don't pay tax", he replied: "I pay what I have to and not a penny more", according to a report in The Times.
Meanwhile, writing in The Sun newspaper, Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander warned stars and others who employ "ever more obscure and underhand" avoidance measures: "No matter how rich or famous you are, we are coming to get you.
"When it comes to paying their fair share, some of the people who can afford it most think they can get away with paying the least.
"Frankly, I think people who dodge the tax system are the moral equivalent of benefit cheats. Both sets of people think they can bend the rules everyone else lives by for their own benefit."
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Prime Minister David Cameron backed that stance and Chancellor George Osborne's description of aggressive tax avoidance as "morally repugnant".
Asked if Mr Cameron was "disappointed" about the reports of the tax affairs of Gary Barlow - who was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours at the weekend and campaigned alongside the Tory leader at the general election - she said: "I just go back to the general point about tax, that everybody should pay the right level of tax.
"Separately, the Jubilee celebrations were a great success and Gary Barlow played a big part in that."
She added: "I am not going to comment on individuals in terms of what's happening in a newspaper report."
The Government has not looked at whether the tax affairs of individuals should be a factor in considering the merits of them being awarded or continuing to hold honours, she said.