In my recent talk on tax I unsurprisingly mentioned the tax return. Whilst it is not essential to our understanding of what tax is we should at least recognise it as the blatant subterfuge it is:
This (tax summary) form was created by George Osborne. It is a shameless example of state produced ideological propaganda – ironically promoting the ‘small state’. Why? because it blatantly promotes the view that a government’s resources are limited by tax, when they are not. It mentions ‘your tax’ suggesting that it is not the the government’s to collect whereas in fact all money goes back to the government eventually.
Your tax is in fact our tax.
There’s almost a song in this….