Ahhh, the explanation of the pasty tax


Good work there Richard.

6 thoughts on “Ahhh, the explanation of the pasty tax”

  1. and another reference to the Office of Tax Simplification…..I had hopes for this noutfit when it was created. More fool me. For a politican, simplification really means complication. Every year, another inch or so is added to the stack of tax law in this country.

  2. Diogenes has the right of it.
    I think much of the problem lies with stupid drafting with no realisation that the Law of Unintended Consequences will inevitably follow poor draftmanship. The problem is becoming worse and worse as more and more badly drawn law pours in from Europe where, lets face it, they run on a completely different clock.

  3. This is of course a conflict between the desire for lower taxes and the desire for simpler taxes.

    Were the EU not in the background, I suspect Tim would favour raising consumption taxes and favour reducing reams of bureaucratic waffle and lengthy court battles over petty points aroud what is freshly baked, what is reheated, what is merely cooling down, and what is or is not intended to be eaten hot.

  4. but kept as zero-rated foods “which are warm simply because they happen to be freshly baked, are in the process of cooling down and are not intended to be eaten while hot”.

    When you find yourself obliged to say something like that, it should be taken as a sign that your idea is bloody stupid.

  5. This has fuck all to do with Europe, as JamesV highlights. The EU would be entirely happy if the UK had a flat consumption tax without moronic angel-pin-dancing exemptions. UK governments are too rubbish (just as with merging NI into income tax) to take the initial flak in doing this, despite the vast cost and bureaucracy savings from doing so.

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