Is there any logic???
Its Monday in Belgium, pretty cold, misty and no more beer left in the house--Even my last bottle of red has gone.You could say, nearly near to death. So here are some thoughts concerning taxes.
1. Why do we have to pay taxes on everyhing we buy.. ( VAT/SALES TAX/PURCHASE TAX) ..OK you use the roadds you pay road tax - normal , you use an airport - ok you pay a paassanger tax.. But why oh why do you have to pay on goods or services??? Even rates or council tax - I can understand...
As regards price of petrol - why is VAT levied on the total cost including excise duty??? ( a tax on tax ILLEGAL)
2. I can understand income tax and National insurance contributions- that serves a specific purpose related to oneself..
3. When I use to live in the UK, pubic services -- ( telepehone, rail, utilities )were controlled by the government and paid for out of income tax. I,e I was paying for these services and some of my money went into telephone lines , infrastructure and investmnet to keep these services. But when they were privatised , the governmnet did not re-imburse me any of my money. Why not!
I suppose you could say these are the rumblings of a stupid old sod.. but when you think about it... we seem to be paying a lot of money to somebody for nothing....
Tom Clancy in one of his last Jack Ryan novels has a very sound and logical approach as regards tax , when his luckless hero becomes president of the US.
jonathan .Nothing to do except moan....
( boat in dock,plane grounded, gout attack coming up..)