Monday, January 7, 2008

Tax doesn't have to be taxing - but it is!

HMRC has been using the strapline "Tax doesn't have to be taxing" in its adverts for some time. Even if it were true in a general sense, it's evidently untrue in the context of our self assessment system. The statement appears in adverts in the press, on radio and on tv. Why does no one challenge this utter nonsense?

[Postscript, Feb 2008. Adam Hart Davies who fronts HMRC's advertising campaign has revealed that he wishes the tax system were simpler. In a Radio Five Live interview he said the system is too complex, especially for the self-employed. Hmm. I wonder how much longer his contract will last?]

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