I don't know if it's worse... but we kind of have no choice. The inland revenue take the money from our salary before we even get it. Correct me if I'm wrong but every so often US citizens need to file a tax return? I take it some people don't?? I'd be interested to know how much people get taxed in other countries, because I know over here we get taxed a hell of a lot... I know they say it's "purpose is to make sure that the money is available to fund the UK's public services" ... but if I was arse raped while I was walking down the canal this morning on my way to the station I'd bet a years worth of taxes there would be no public servant there to help me. The police in this country are fucking SHIT. ...and nah man, I wasn't joking. You're compeletely sane, you have your head screwed on. The wink was just to add a hint of sarcasm, in the eyes of a lot of people we're the mad ones.