Tax

Kurt Andersson receives his tax form. The nice Swedish tax people have already filled in the form for him. His name, address, salaries, tax he paid, his sold properties or Picasso paintings etc. Everything has been filled in for him. Kurt only needs to double-check the figures and sign the form.
If this were 1970 Kurt would have to signed the form and post it. But since this is 2007 Kurt can “sign” it via Internet or even send a SMS. Ta da!

Curt Smith on the other hand, he lives in England and the mean British tax people haven’t sent him a form but more like a book. All the pages are blank. Not even his name or address is filled in. There is another book to explain how to fill in the tax form/book but it’s too complicated to read and only mean tax people would understand it. Maybe that is why they give you the form almost a year before you have to send it back to them, so you will have time fill it in.

Not everyone in U.K needs to fill in a tax form. My born and bred English boyfriend doesn’t. But me of course I’m one of the lucky ones that get the pleasure of filling in these forms. There is absolutely no way I could do it with out professional help.

Last year I owed £1 in tax. 4 different letters was sent to me over a period of time telling me this. The postage cost on its own was more then £1 and if you add the cost for the paper and the mean tax people’s salary you will be way over £1.
They asked me to send them a £1 cheque. Of course!

In Sweden if you owe anything under £8 they write it off because of above reasons. It makes sense doesn’t it?

Tax means sausage dog in Swedish.

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5 Responses to “Tax”

  1. fitartist Says:

    Lol.

    Erm, as far as I know, you can do most tax things online. I fill in my self-assessment online each year and have done so since 2002. I also pay online. I’m sure you must be able to as well. It’s http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk.

    Have fun!

  2. Lisa Says:

    sounds good.. will try and see if I can do this this year. Thanks a lot. x

  3. matt Says:

    Yo – did you phone them up to see if it wasn’t just a mistake as because you’re no longer self employed there’s no reason for you to have to do this as you Pay As You Earn (PAYE) through work?

  4. Lisa Says:

    Yo Matt! You are right. I don’t have to fill it in. Hurray! Why didn’t they know that?

  5. Lisa Says:

    I got a letter from the Tax people, stapled to the letter and form I sent back to them (as advised by the helpline person), saying I HAVE TO fill the form in.

    Maybe it was a bit naive of me to actually think they would give the correct information over the phone. You can’t expect the helpline people to actually know what they are talking about.

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