Originally Posted by Smart_Guy
Interesting! Kinda like paying customs for commercial stuff at entrance?
I heard there are taxes for watching TV (a license), owning a land and parking cars. Is this true?
List of taxes in the UK that I can think of off the top of my head:
Fuel duty (petrol tax)
Vehicle exercise duty ("car tax")
national insurance (pays for national health service and pensions etc)
VAT (value added tax, paid on most items you buy)
television licensing (funds the BBC)
bedroom tax (additional fee paid if you live in a house with more bedrooms than you need)
tobacco duty (paid on all tobacco products)
alcohol duty (paid on all alcoholic products)
congestion charging (fee paid for driving in the very centre of London, like a toll)
We dont pay 'tax' on parking as such, but most places you park you have to pay. e.g. if you park in a car park you pay whoever owns the car park a certain fee per hour, since most car parts are privately owned land they can charge you whatever they see fit. Parking on roads in certain areas you effectively pay the same sort of fee to the local authority.
This is why people who live here and make a lot of money hold it all off-shore :P
I'm happy to pay taxes on most things, the thing i object to is our questionable government using the tax money to bail out corporations and then enforcing austerity on us!