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Taxpaying Woooos

Why I love paying tax
Caitlin Moran
Every time I write out a gigantic cheque to the Inland Revenue, I get a bit excited. Woooo! I go. What a seriously grown-up thing to be doing! It’s like drinking whisky, buying an engagement ring or chopping down a tree... On this basis alone, I find it exhilarating. I kind of want it to hurt a bit. I feel like The Joker facing down Batman: “Come on — stick National Insurance on top of it! I can handle it! VAT me! VAT ME!”
But you know what would, in a single stroke, make tax-paying much more popular in this country?
A receipt. After all, whenever I’ve just blown £227 in Waitrose and feel a bit alarmed by it, it’s oddly comforting to read through the receipt and say to myself, “but at least I have a lot of yoghurt now”. Similar comfort would be experienced by the taxpayer if, in exchange for a large cheque, one was simply issued with a print-out of what you’d just bought yourself: £2,000 for the NHS, £600 for streetlights, £2 for Prince Andrew, etc.

And of course, once you’ve got a receipt, it’s much easier to claim a refund . . .

On that I can agree, if we could see what we were buying there would be a queue round the block to the refund counter.


They'd probably working on it. And it'll probably cost an arm and a leg, consultant and lawyer fees as well as a few people to pass the messages between them.

The Tax Office motto "Tax shouldn't have to be taxing" gets right on my nerves. Taxing is tax just as much as taxation. They should change it to "Squeezing every penny" or "Getting blood from a stone" - at least it'll be honest.

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