Ahhh, the explanation of the pasty taxMarch 24, 2012 Tim WorstallEuropean Union6 CommentsHere. Good work there Richard. previousWell yes, M\’Lord SkidelskynextUnlearning economics 6 thoughts on “Ahhh, the explanation of the pasty tax” JuliaM March 24, 2012 at 11:46 am The EU is so often the culprit in these things, it’s no surprise. diogenes March 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm 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. Nick Luke March 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm 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. JamesV March 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm 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. CIngram March 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm 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. john b March 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm 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. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.