A bit rich of Lagarde to lecture the Greeks on paying taxes. She doesn’t pay any on her 381k salary

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A bit rich of Lagarde to lecture the Greeks on paying taxes. She doesn’t pay any on her 380k salary

There was plenty of justified outcry at the comments of Christine Lagarde in her Guardian interview over the weekend about how Greek parents have to take responsibility if their children are being affected by spending cuts. “Parents have to pay their tax.” She said.

Well, it turns out she doesn’t. As reported in Le Monde, under articles Articles 34 and 38 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 ‘diplomatic agents’ for the IMF are exempt from paying any tax on their salary, and in Lagarde’s case that’s 380,939 euros, plus 57,829 for entertainment.

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