June 29, 2007
At the ASI. The Worstall Plan for Taxation.
1) All taxes (Income, capital, consumption, council etc) to be paid in cash, in person, in one lump sum, with no with-holding from pay packets or any other payment plan, in the first two weeks of April each year.
Go there for the second stage of the Plan.
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I don't understand it. You would make it illegal to pay your taxes by cheque, or debit card, or automatic deduction? Are you going to ban those forms of payment for goods in shops too?
Tim adds: Not at all. I just want everyone to feel the pain of paying their taxes a fortnight before they vote for the rulers. Making them count out the notes seems a good way.
Posted by: Matthew | Jun 29, 2007 5:03:26 PM
This would simply create an opportunity for the financial services industry to create bank accounts that automatically created a deposit in a "tax savin account" to replicate the withholding. I would imagine that the main focus of people's electoral displeasure would be directed at the moron who wasted their time with this daft stunt.
Tim adds: Excellent, as I'm unlikely to find a party that would allow me to stand....
Posted by: dsquared | Jun 29, 2007 5:36:09 PM
It seems terribly illiberal. I am sure you can pay most taxes in this way (certainly you can council tax) anyway, and so if taxpayers don't it must be because they would rather not.
Posted by: Matthew | Jun 29, 2007 5:58:40 PM
Illiberal? How dare you!
It's all about coercing, er, sorry, persuading the public to agree with Uncle Timmeh's view of how the world should be.
How else can we be truly free?
Posted by: Neil | Jun 30, 2007 1:52:12 AM