Opting Out Of The Tax System


Ever since my husband suffered a heart attack and on his Doctor’s advice gave up work, he jokingly tells everyone that he’s opted out of the tax system. Of course, this isn’t entirely true; although he doesn’t pay Income Tax he most certainly pays other taxes on every purchase he makes. In Britain, there is no such thing as a non tax payer; everyone pays taxes. Everything–except non luxury foods–carries a tax levy. I was going to say non luxury essentials but of course essentials like water, gas, electricity and oil are all taxed, even potato crisps.  Are these a luxury?

Anyone who earns an income pays Income Tax as well as Value Added Tax; so their take home pay–which has already had tax deducted at source–is mostly taxed again when they buy something. This seems a worse system than that implemented in old England when serfs paid a tithe.

Most of the working population are not earning much more than the basic wage and paying at least two lots of taxes– never mind car tax and the new bedroom tax–it’s no wonder people are angry at the celebrity tax evaders. These privileged media stars are earning millions of pounds but are not willing to pay their proper taxes.

How do you feel about the latest pop star revelations? How do you feel about the taxes already in place?



About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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