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The TaxPayers’ Alliance reports that British taxpayers will be filling government coffers until June 27, 2012 to pay for government spending and until July 26 to pay for government regulation.

This compares with France, give or take one or two days. Last year, their Tax Freedom Day was July 28 (source: RMC’s Grandes Gueules show).

The TaxPayers’ Alliance tells us:

The Cost of Government Day measures the burden of government spending and regulation on individuals. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has calculated the date in the calendar year on which the average person has earned enough gross income to pay for their share of the cost of government spending and regulation.

  • The Cost of Government Day in 2012 will be 26 July. When the TPA last calculated this in 2007, it was 23 July
  • The average person must work for 208 days in the coming year to pay for their share of government spending and regulation combined
  • Of the total above, the average person must work for 179 days in the coming year to pay for their share of the cost of government spending
  • The average person will work to pay for government spending in 2012 until 27 June
  • Of the total above, the average person must work a further 29 days of the year to pay for their share of the cost of government regulation
  • The average person must work for nearly a month to pay off their share of the cost of government regulation in 2012

It’s depressing to consider when services are cut, yet the payroll largely stays the same.

I’m not sure how this compares with the US, but even their Tax Freedom Day is bound to have changed. Around 20 years ago, I recall that someone told me it was in May. Last I read a few years ago it is now early June.

However, back to the UK. As Captain Ranty opines (language alert):

The money you earn from 27th July to 31st December? You can keep that. You can manage all of your bills from that, surely? What else were you going to do with it? Pay off some debt? Improve the house? Buy clothes for the family? Take a holiday? Save some of it?

Time to wake up. Time to get real.

Your useless … government needs it.

To send aid to Brazil. To send aid to India. To send aid every…where.

They need it to replenish their wine cellar. To gold-plate their pensions. To pay outrageous salaries to chief c[o]ntstables and local authority chiefs. To send to the … EU. To pay those feckless millions for not working. To pay for the stupid Olympics. And a thousand other stupid things.

A commenter wrote in to say:

I have a piece of video, recorded last year, in which a Govt Minister/MP states ‘we take your money by force’. He said this with reference to Govt having to be accountable to the people because it takes our money ‘by force’.

‘We take your money by force’.

A frightful truth.

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