Richard Brooks (journalist)

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Richard Brooks
Born (1965-08-18) 18 August 1965 (age 54)
Known forInvestigative journalism

Richard Brooks (born 18 August 1965) is a British financial investigative journalist for Private Eye, author of books on accountancy and tax avoidance, and was a 16-year senior corporate tax inspector with the United Kingdom HMRC. He is the joint winner of two Paul Foot Awards, an annual award for investigative or campaigning journalism,


Brooks worked as a HM Revenue and Customs tax inspector for 16 years up until 2005 specialising in international and corporate taxation.[1][2]

Since 2005, he has been a regular contributor to Private Eye.[2] In 2008 Brooks was joint-winner of the Paul Foot Award for his investigation into the privatisation of the CDC Group. He is the author of The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business (2013) and the co-author (with David Craig) of Plundering the Public Sector: How New Labour are letting consultants run off with £70 billion of our money (2006).[3] With Andrew Bousfield, he was joint-winner again of the Paul Foot Award in 2014 for their investigations in Private Eye on bribery inShady Arabia and the Desert Fix.[4] In 2018 Brooks published a new book, Bean Counters: The Triumph of Accountants and how they broke Capitalism.[5]

Richard Brooks is a digger and a troublemaker who niggles away at difficult subjects in a meticulous, punchy and highly effective way.

— Alan Rusbridger, Editor Guardian.[6]

This is where Brooks comes into his own: not only does he have a near-encyclopedic knowledge of [tax] anomalies sanctioned by the state, he also has an ear for resonant detail.

— Jonathan Ford, Lead Writer Financial Times[7]

Richard Brooks is an ex-HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) tax inspector turned investigative journalist, regarded as one of the U.K.'s best reporters on tax avoidance.

— The International Tax Review[8]


  • Craig, David; Brooks, Richard (2006). Plundering the Public Sector: How New Labour are Letting Consultants run off with GBP70 billion of our Money. Constable. ISBN 978-1845293741.
  • Brooks, Richard (2014). The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business. One World. ISBN 978-1780743714.
  • Brooks, Richard (2018). Bean Counters: The Triumph of Accountants and how they broke Capitalism. Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1786490285.

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  1. ^ "The principles of tax policy: Written evidence submitted by Richard Brooks". Parliament U.K. 21 January 2011. I am a journalist with Private Eye magazine. I write on a number of issues including tax and was a member of the Guardian’s "Tax Gap" team that ran a series on corporate tax avoidance two years ago. Until 2005 I was a tax inspector at HMRC specialising in international and corporate taxation
  2. ^ a b "Private Eye and public scandals". BBC News. 14 October 2011. Richard Brooks is one. He was a tax inspector for 16 years, and spent a year at the Treasury giving policy advice to ministers.
  3. ^ "Curtis Brown".
  4. ^ "Paul Foot Award 2014", Private Eye, No. 1386, 20 February 2015, p10
  5. ^ "The Triumph of the Accountants by Richard Brooks — who guards the guards?". Financial Times. 5 June 2018.
  6. ^ "The Paul Foot Award 2008". Private Eye. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  7. ^ "All Carrot and no Stick". Financial Times. 22 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Richard Brooks". ITR. 11 December 2013.

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