Today Amazon Boss Jeff Bezosslipped the surly bonds of Earth’s taxation laws, becoming space’s first tax exile.
“I was driven to this,” said Mr Bezos. “Obviously I’ve done my level best to be smart about my tax liability, but I’m still paying a fortune, which I can’t really afford to do now that I’ve bought a literal spaceship.
“I had a choice between becoming resident in space or making some quick cash by selling the Blue Origin on Autotrader,” said Mr Bezos, referring to his personal spacecraft.
“Sadly, the value of sub-orbital rocket-planes depreciates so quickly the best I could do would be a part-exchange for an old Ford Fiesta.”
At the apex of their flight, Bezos and his passengers experienced four minutes of zero-gravity, and six minutes of zero tax, providing Bezos with ample time to sign and date prepared documents making him a legal resident of space and a tax return showing him owing zero pounds and zero pence.
This paperwork was then launched from the Blue Origin in a capsule which is expected to continue to orbit the Earth at high speed until 2024, when in a perfect expression of Mr Bezos’ selfishness it will collide with the International Space Station, causing irreparable damage.
Mr Bezos played down these concerns, reassuring journalists that if his paperwork were involved in a catastrophic space disaster, he would file new documents promptly to prove his tax-free status.