Sunday, February 03, 2008

Tax can be annoying, but does it have to be stupid?

I'm not sure I even want to know why the Revenue felt it necessary to put this in writing...

(You can check it out for yourself here.)

And how magnanimous was it of them to (finally, eventually) lower the VAT on condoms? Not very: they still slap 13.5% tax on things that are potentially life saving, but then there's 21% VAT on cycle and motorcycle helmets, general safety helmets, and car seatbelts, which is all just criminally fucking stupid. (Frozen chips and Christening shawls on the other hand? 0%. Go figure.)