Every time I look at my payslip I curse the “tax man”. I know on balance, taxes are great. They're the reason I can sleep soundly knowing that I'll receive a decent education, health care and perhaps most importantly free access to books for the rest of my life.

In fact, if asked to pitch my tent on either side of the proverbial fence, I'd definitely set up camp with the tax lovers. But that still doesn't take away the feeling of injustice every month for the 20 per cent that never even touches my bank account. And as the multi-national tax avoiders sat down in front of MPs today, I couldn't help but feel their pain.

Not paying tax is bad. There's no two ways about it. Some would even go so far to call it immoral. It creates an injustice in the system and those with the big bucks can dodge millions in corporation tax, leaving the little man floundering with his higher prices and decreased sales. Especially in the current climate, it can seem mighty unfair that whilst we're counting our pennies to see if we've got enough for food this week, the Amazon's and Google's of the world are getting off almost entirely.

Yet whilst tax avoidance is undeniably morally dodgy, it's also undeniably legal. If someone offered me the chance to pay less tax legally, I'd take it. And so would most of us. It's basic human instinct to look out for our own immediate personal interests. If I just happened to be Amazon, Google or Starbucks? I sure as hell would want to keep as much of my cash as I could.

It's incredibly easy to pin the blame on the massive multi-national “bad-boys”, but in doing so we're overlooking the main problem. No one can be expected to act morally, especially when doing so creates a direct conflict with our own personal interests. If MPs, and the public, want tax avoidance to go away, it will have to start with a law change.

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Tax avoidance, is part of current society that we live in. People view it as acceptable, because they know they can get away with it, and that nobody is ale to hold them back.

But while it is a key part of the current capitalist system, it is also doing its company, the business sector and general society, damage in the long term.

There is only so long where big companies can carry on these methods. There is only so long that MPs can avoid taking action, in case they upset anybody along the way. Because, if they don't - there will be less money in the system to spend on healthcare, business start up loans and education (especially when we consider the amount of tax avoidance from companies like Starbucks totals more than the government has cut to benefits and so on).

And when there is less money for the government to spend we all know what comes next. Cuts to services and then we as consumers have to spend more money on essentials in life - then we have less money to spend. And when that happens, expensive coffee in theory will be one of the first things to go.

The companies need to consider their actions also, for the long term. But it isn't very likely to happen, because while it is legal to do so, and many people that view it as morally wrong, it doesn't stop the reality that they have corporate greed flowing through their veins.

And again, if the public are against it so much, then where is the real uproar, UKUncut are being left to protest about these issues alone, with a handful of dedicated members that turn up outside these shops every week. The public really need it hammering home about the possible reality of tax avoidance from companies is, in the short and long term.

If I could avoid tax, I would