25 January 2008

Not sharing with you Mr Darling*

I know no man is an island, but could they be a taxhaven I wonder; and if so, how do you claim such a status? It's the end of the tax year here in the sunny UK and I am rapidly losing patience with the Inland Revenue and their complete inability to write their "helpful" notes in anything close to understandable English. As far as I can make out it is a competition between them and us; they want to get as much money from us as they can to spend on little luxuries - starting wars for instance, and we want to keep as much money from them to spend on our little luxuries like electricity, gas and rent. They use babble as their tool to confuse and bewilder the poor layman into paying more, and we lie, I mean claim deductables, to pay less. And so, year after year the battle rages on.

*Alistair Darling is the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Gordon Brown's old job)

7 comments:

angelfeet said...

Tax return is my current hell at the moment, and frankly the government don't deserve to have any of my money (or yours, for that matter).

meggie said...

Taxation will always remain a vexatious mystery to me.
I want to live on Norfolk Island, where they dont have taxes!

Isabelle said...

I often think, grudgingly, that if people would just be nice, and not do criminal acts or drop litter or drink drive or vandalise things or ... etc... that I wouldn't have to pay such high taxes. I take the simplistic approach to economics.

daysgoby said...

Don't blame you. Sometime in the next month or so I have to start collecting all the papers from last year (ulp) and begin....

I'd better get chocolate this year.

caramaena said...

I've given up trying to decipher tax returns - particularly since we can claim the fees our accountant charges on next year's return. Plus he does a way better job at claiming deductables than we do ;)

Aunty Evil said...

Good luck!

Caro said...

Hey, are you sure you don't live in the US?