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  • Was Shakespeare a tax dodger?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...g-revenue.html

  • #2
    bringing home the Bacon

    Hello Tim. Thanks for posting this.

    I read some scholars who claim he paid his taxes after all. It was actually Francis Bacon who didn't pay his. (heh-heh)

    Cheers.
    LC

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    • #3
      Shakespeare had a bank account in the name of Will Shakespeare, but most of his money went though another account he opened in the name of "Bard of Avon" (which he falsely represented as a perfume and cosmetic company). This was untaxed.

      Other tax dodges included the Tempest (offshore island tax evasion) and a company called Will Shakespeare Enterprises, an idea said to have been given him by an American.

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      • #4
        He probably had good contacts in the Conservative Party

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        • #5
          taxing solution

          Hello Robert. Thanks.

          I still don't see how that idea would work. He needs a solution that ALWAYS works. Your suggested one would work only about Hathaway.

          Cheers.
          LC

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          • #6
            Very good, Lynn.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
              Shakespeare had a bank account in the name of Will Shakespeare, but most of his money went though another account he opened in the name of "Bard of Avon" (which he falsely represented as a perfume and cosmetic company). This was untaxed.

              Other tax dodges included the Tempest (offshore island tax evasion) and a company called Will Shakespeare Enterprises, an idea said to have been given him by an American.
              Shakespeare was being investigated for tax fraud by a certain Mr Love, who was head of the playwright division of the Inland Revenue.

              It was widely thought that the bard had diverted earnings through a fake trading company in Italy, known to the investigators as The Merchant of Venice account.

              Love contacted the Italian authorities, who promptly sent Two Gentlemen of Verona to make enquiries, but the whole thing proved to be Much Ado About Nothing, and resulted in Love's Labours being Lost.

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              • #8
                that punny feeling

                Hello Bill. Is this account certain, or merely part of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

                Cheers.
                LC

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                • #9
                  Later in his career Love attempted to break into acting, and auditioned for a part in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but was arrested after showing everyone his Bottom.

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                  • #10
                    Shakespeare never paid any income tax because if he did so it would have been Love's Labour Lost.
                    Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                    https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                    Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                    Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lynn Cates View Post
                      Hello Bill. Is this account certain, or merely part of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

                      Cheers.
                      LC
                      We only have it on the say-so of Philip Marlowe, who briefly mentions the episode in his well-known play about sexual abuse in the world of Elizabethan medicine, entitled Doctor Faustus.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
                        Later in his career Love attempted to break into acting, and auditioned for a part in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but was arrested after showing everyone his Bottom.
                        You have it slightly wrong, my dear chap.

                        The story is that Love never seriously wanted to be an actor, but was merely working under-cover to see how taxing the profession might be.

                        However, bottom was indeed his downfall when he fell for a fellow actor by the name of Andronicus, a theatrically inclined rent-boy, famed for the clenching power of his sphincter.

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                        • #13
                          Something tells me Frank Tumblety would like this thread.
                          Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                          https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                          Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                          Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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                          • #14
                            Young Howard played Bottom in his school's producion of Midsummer Nights Dream.

                            The teacher said that as he was bottom in everything else he might as well be in this.
                            Itsnotrocketsurgery

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