Monday, 6 September 2010

Do you beleive that you are obliged to pay income tax?

If I posted you a letter or notice claiming that you owed me some money, what would be your first response?
I should imagine that you would first think "who is this joker". Now Imagine this letter or notice claimed that the law said that you had to pay & if you didn't you will be prosecuted; what kind of emotions would that raise?

"The Law". It's a word that is used all the time to put fear into you. If you did receive a letter like this the first thing you would most probably do is telephone me and ask me why I believed you owe this money, and what the charge was for. Now lets think how the tax collectors work, they send you a letter asking for money & you just pay it without (most of the time) asking anything of them to justify their actions.

When having a little moan to your friends about government extortion & the fact they take hard earned money off you most people will say thing like "well you just have to pay it" or "they'll eventually catch up with you if you refuse to pay it".
What if you took a different approach to the matter and rather than accepting or denying that you are liable, actually telephone them and ask if they have any admissible evidence & if they have any witnesses. Don't get dragged into a conversation with them, just stick to your questions, see if they will answer your questions.

Before you do this, have a listen to how Marc Stevens from does this by clicking on this link

After doing this, if you still believe that you have to pay tax, post a response to this article and tell us your experience.

In case you don't know, admissible means that it is evidence that can actually be used in court.


  1. Congrats with the blog!
    I would like to add,that there is no duty to protect.When we start asking for the facts,we will see the facade come apart.

  2. That is something Marc has proved for the US but I don't have any evidence yet for the UK.

  3. I believe there is evidence to prove that this maritime /commerce concept means that there is an international code that applies to every country. What we need in the U.K are details on how we get out of things like P.A.Y,E. income tax(or if we can). Can we send in a form writing off our income tax obligations for say, 7 years in advance.

  4. As PAYE is automatically taken out of your wages I suppose that we are far more restricted, but why not contact HMRC anyway and ask them what evidence & witnesses they have that the income the have charged you tax on is actually taxable income. I am self employed so can do things differently.

    If you do phone them keep remembering that you're not trying to argue with them or convince them of anything or teach them a lesson, you just want the answers for your records.
    Once we find out what they say, we can take it from there. Remember to record everything & keep copies of all paperwork.

  5. "HMRC could take direct control of pay cheques after tax errors"

    Instead of employers deducting income tax then paying gross salaries to employees, the gross monthly payment would go to an HMRC-run tax “calculator”, which would then pass the net salary to the worker.

    The reform would mean the end of traditional monthly payslips, because employers would no longer be able to tell workers how much tax they had paid each month.

  6. The link no longer works, so I guess you need to review the link and correct it, or delete it. Thanks.