Every year you pay a hell of a lot of tax.
If you had to pay the government your annual contribution up front each year, you would pay ALL of your income for January to the government. And all of your income for February. And all of your income for March. And some of your income for April.
An American on average wages would finished paying their 2005 tax bill on April 17 this year.
Unfortunately, I have the misfortune of living in high-tax Britain. Here the average person has to work another month and a half for the government.
THAT'S ALMOST FIVE MONTHS OF BEING THE GOVERNMENT'S SLAVE, EVERY YEAR.
Frankly, if the government stopped running up huge debts, Tax Freedom Day would be even later: June 7! If you add in the costs of going to work for those five months, and other work-related expenses, it becomes clear that half the life of us Brits is spent working for the government. Over a working life, that's 20 years of going to work, not for yourself, but for the government.
So next time you hear about the wonderfully generous plans of your government and of opposition politicians, just remember who'll be picking up the tab.
And if you're living in America, appreciate the extra month and a half of salary you'll get to keep in comparison to us Brits.
Does anyone have a spare Green Card?