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Jan. 31st, 2009 | 12:35 pm

finally finished (and paid) my bloody tax return


on the other hand, this means I now have to find something else to procrastinate about

I could always go to the pub and do my "weekly review".

Edit: apparently not, there seems to be a match today and the pubs are all full of QPR fans. I did manage to do some shopping though and, amongst other things, buy some of the pickled garlic I like from Al-Abbas.
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from: lilyvalley
date: Jan. 31st, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)

Taxes suck mightily for the self-employed. I'm driven nearly to tears, every year. (Whoa, all that alliteration, I like it!)

By the way, just curious: you've lived here and filed USAn taxes, too. Which are worse?

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 31st, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)

Good question, I was thinking about that earlier. They both took me about the same amount of time to do in practice, the US one slightly more, but given that my situation here is more complex (i.e. more to do than just type in some numbers off a form now, I wasn't self-employed there) that probably says more for the UK system.

Certainly the Revenue's website here is really good. While obviously it's all in tax jargon, that's a bit hard to avoid when filling in a tax form, and it takes you through it section by section and tells you what bits you need to fill out and what bits you don't.

The majority of people here never send any tax forms at all to the government by the way, it's all Pay As You Earn.

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 31st, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)

Some bloke is making oodles of money teaching people how to make lists!!!! The world really has gone crazy.

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