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... Then they came for our paychecks ...

Want to know why sensible working people fear the power of big government? Look no further than this stunning proposal by the British government revenue agency:

The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

The proposal by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) stresses the need for employers to provide real-time information to the government so that it can monitor all payments and make a better assessment of whether the correct tax is being paid.

Currently employers withhold tax and pay the government, providing information at the end of the year, a system know as Pay as You Earn (PAYE). There is no option for those employees to refuse withholding and individually file a tax return at the end of the year.

If the real-time information plan works, it further proposes that employers hand over employee salaries to the government first. (emphasis added)

So simple ... and yet so draconian. What could possibly go wrong?

Even though the centralized deductions proposal would provide much-needed oversight, there are some major concerns, George Bull, head of Tax at Baker Tilly, told CNBC.com.

"If HMRC has direct access to employees' bank accounts and makes a mistake, people are going to feel very exposed and vulnerable," Bull said.

And the chance of widespread mistakes could be high, according to Bull. HMRC does not have a good track record of handling large computer systems and has suffered high-profile errors with data, he said.

The system would be massive in terms of data management, larger than a recent attempt to centralize the National Health Service's data, which was later scrapped, Bull said.

If there's a mistake and the HMRC collects too much money, the difficulty of getting it back could be high with repayments of tax taking weeks or months, he said.

Or never returned at all.

When the government has grown so big and so dependent on tax revenue that it believes that it deserves your income ahead of you, something is terribly, horribly wrong.

Of course this is what socialists and progressives really want, because it gives the government ultimate control over the confiscation and redistribution of private wealth.

And your rights as an individual? Zero. Zip. Nada.

"Smith! ... 6079 Smith W! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You're not trying. Lower, please! That's better, comrade."

Just another reason why the current clique of over-educated socialist intellectuals currently running our government needs to be turned out post haste, and replaced with people who respect individual liberty and the right to earn and save one's own wealth.


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Comments (6)

It looks like Engl... (Below threshold)

It looks like England is due for thier own Tea Party or two.

it used to be a joke...mail... (Below threshold)

it used to be a joke...mail in your entire salary and we'll send you back some.

England is determined to do it! The IRS is no doubt paying careful attention!!

Oddly enough -- not a new i... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

Oddly enough -- not a new issue in Britain.

Here is one man's view from over 100 years ago:

The Old Issue

Rudyard Kipling


"Here is nothing new nor aught unproven," say the Trumpets
"Many feet have worn it and the road is old indeed,
"It is the King--the King we schooled aforetime!"
(Trumpets in the marshes--in the eyot at Runnymede!)

"Here is neither haste, nor hate, nor anger," peal the Trumpets,
"Pardon for his penitence or pity for his fall,

"It is the King!"--inexorable Trumpets--
(Trumpets round the scaffold at the dawning by Whitehall!)

"He hath veiled the Crown and hid the Sceptre," warn the Trumpets,
"He hath changed the fashion of the lies that cloak his will.
"Hard die the Kings--ah, hard--dooms hard!" declare the Trumpets,
(Trumpets at the gang-plank where the brawling troop-decks fill!)

Ancient and Unteachable, abide--abide the Trumpets!
Once again the Trumpets, for the shuddering ground-swell brings
Clamour over ocean of the harsh, pursuing Trumpets--
Trumpets of the Vanguard that have sworn no truce with Kings!

All we have of freedom, all we use or know--
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.

Ancient Right unnoticed as the breath we draw--
Leave to live by no man's leave, underneath the Law--

Lance and torch and tumult, steel and grey-goose wing,
Wrenched it, inch and ell and all, slowly from the King.

Till our fathers 'stablished, after bloody years,
How our King is one with us, first among his peers.

So they bought us freedom--not at little cost--
Wherefore must we watch the King, lest our gain be lost.

Over all things certain, this is sure indeed,
Suffer not the old King: for we know the breed.

Give no ear to bondsmen bidding us endure,
Whining "He is weak and far;" crying "Time shall cure."

(Time himself is witness, till the battle joins,
Deeper strikes the rottenness in the people's loins.)

Give no heed to bondsmen masking war with peace,
Suffer not the old King here or overseas.

They that beg us barter--wait his yielding mood--
Pledge the years we hold in trust--pawn our brother's blood--

Howso' great their clamour, whatso'er their claim,
Suffer not the old King under any name!

He shall mark our goings, question whence we came,
Set his guards about us, as in Freedom's name.

Here is naught unproven--here is naught to learn,
It is written what shall fall if the King return.

He shall take a tribute; toll of all our ware;
He shall change our gold for arms--arms we may not bear.

He shall break his Judges if they cross his word;
He shall rule above the Law calling on the Lord.

He shall peep and mutter; and the night shall bring
Watchers 'neath our windows, lest we mock the King--

Hate and all divisions; hosts of hurrying spies;
Money poured in secret; carrion breeding flies.

Strangers of his counsel, hirelings of his pay,
These shall deal our Justice: sell--deny--delay.

We shall drink dishonour, we shall eat abuse,
For the Land we look to--for the Tongue we use.

We shall take our station, dirt beneath his feet,
while his hired captains jeer us in the street.

Cruel in the shadow, crafty in the sun,
Far beyond his borders shall his teachings run.

Sloven, sullen, savage, secret, uncontrolled,
Laying on a new land evil of the old--

Long-forgotten bondage, dwarfing heart and brain--
All our fathers died to loose he shall bind again.

Here is naught at venture, random or untrue--
Swings the wheel full-circle, brims the cup anew.

Here is naught unproven, here is nothing hid:
Step for step and word for word--so the old Kings did!

Step by step and word by word: who is ruled may read.
Suffer not the old Kings: for we know the breed--

All the right they promise--all the wrong they bring.
Stewards of the Judgment, suffer not this King!

Man, I'm gonna quit my day ... (Below threshold)
Dread Pirate Roberts:

Man, I'm gonna quit my day job and go back to hacking systems if they ever do that. Direct bank transfers ... yeah baby ... bring it on. I can have more than enough money to retire and live like a politician in two easy steps and one of them is being made by the British government revenue agency.

Life is good...

Yet another reason to imple... (Below threshold)

Yet another reason to implement FairTax before it's too late.

Imagine eliminating the IRS and all income taxes on business and individuals, while making the government solvent, and keeping the prices of most goods and services at their current values. The IRS is just that inefficient.

The reason more people don't support it is how impossible it sounds -- like freedom for Southern slaves did in 1855.

It pains me to say that I t... (Below threshold)

It pains me to say that I think the brits will stand for this.






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