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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Somewhere, a .gov think-tank is wetting their pants in glee.

The fact that anyone in the UK came up with this idea, much less thought it was a good one, is proof that the mentally handi-capable have overcome the odds and finally taken over:

From the article itself, "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."

Yeah, you read that right.  If you live and work in the UK, and if such a plan were implemented, your boss would send Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (the Brit equivalent of the IRS) your paycheck, and they would take out the taxes they feel you should pay, and forward you the rest -- rather than the current system, where the employer withholds and sends in tax. 

Now, knowing government efficiency is pretty much the same all over the world -- practically nonexistent -- what are the odds that all will go smoothly? If there's a mistake, how long will it take to get a refund? Who determines what amount is reasonable? Is there appropriate security and transparency?

This is an utterly preposterous proposal. The fact that it even saw the light of day is disturbing. The person who came up with it ought to be publicly flogged.

Yet, somewhere in the backed-up plumbing of the IRS and the shit-impacted bowels of Congress, someone is thinking, "Holy shit I wish I'd thought of that!"

Form each, according to their ability...


  1. I can see why they'd want to do that. From government's perspective, they get their tax money sooner and they get around the issue of businesses deducting taxes and then "forgetting" to send them in. And by holding everyone's pay, even for a day or two, they could make a significant amount of revenue just on interest, the way the payroll services do now.

    But the downsides are huge for employees. FSM only knows how long it would take those goniffs to send the money along.

  2. good holy twatfaddle. Just wait - it'll get proposed here as well.

    Since the messiah has taken over the college loans in the US, our daughter had to wait 30 days AFTER classes commenced to get her loan money. You know...that money that kids need to buy groceries and, like, survive.

    When calling Student Aid for the thousandth time, the lady admitted that things were totally fucked up since the Obama takeover.this is after they put the wrong college in the database.

    think about it: they're taking over our healthcare. should we just die now and save ourselves the impending heart attack these asswipes will cause?

  3. I don't care what Claire says.....

    ...It is time!

    WV; naphy A flaming Diaper?


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