I can see the 'topic' of this thread has been genetically altered. So we have this 'tax-evasion' thing here. U2 refuses to pay the Irish government their taxes and so start bashing them all you can (especially Bono). Just wanna remind you guys, do a little research and see how much U2 have done for Ireland in the past: Self Aid, etc. Before you start bashing anyone look at their history, even right now Adam Clayton is doing something about Irish youths being driven to suicide. It's so easy for people to start bashing others. How about 'thanking' them when they do something that you can't? tigerfan's right, you can't solve anything by complaining about it. You gotta ask yourself "what am I doing for my country?" Peace!
I know that for over 20 years when Ireland was a tax haven for wealthy artists, U2 didn't mind paying all their taxes in their home country, which doesn't really surprise me because they saved a fortune in tax that they would have paid had they lived in the the UK or the US during that time. So U2 did very nicely out of Ireland for a long time. Then the Irish government decides that wealthy artists should pay the same tax on their royalties as any other business pays on its income, and they're off. Like Dreamlover says, my real complaint about U2 - and Bono in particular - isn't about the tax avoidance of fat cats like U2, it is about the hypocrisy of Bono's moralising and exhortations for governments to spend more of taxpayers money on foreign aid, even during U2 concerts.