UK tax provisions are the longest in the world!
Lexis Nexis recently announced that the UK’s tax code has increased from 4,998 pages in 1997 to 11,520 this year. This is an increase of over 100%
The increase would have been even greater but the publishers changed the page layout in 2007 and increased the number of words on each page to prevent the guide getting even bigger!
Lexis Nexis says that the UK now has the longest tax code in the world, creating numerous problems for interpretation and real problems in actually locating legislation.
What happened to simplification?
Cathy Corns is a tax adviser and a partner at Mercer & Hole. The views given in this blog are personal to the author.
Date: 5th October, 2009
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