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Council tax tops most hated table

Council tax tops most hated table

Category: Savings

Updated: 06/05/2009
First Published: 06/05/2009

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Council tax has overtaken fuel duty as the tax most Britons love to hate.

Forty-three per cent of UK consumers said council tax was one of the three taxes they resented paying the most, giving it the dubious honour of top spot in the table of most hated duties, a poll by has shown.

Fuel duty fell from the number one position to third – 38 per cent of people said they begrudge price hikes at the pumps – with the TV licence fee slotting at number two.

The 2.5 per cent cut in VAT has improved public feeling to the tax somewhat, with duty on goods and services falling one place from seventh to eighth.

New to arrivals in the 2009 league of shame are airport taxes, which crept in at ninth position, having not featured in the 2008 poll.

Inheritance and income tax, stamp duty, car tax and duty on cigarettes and tobacco made it onto the public's most hated list.

"The Government needs to find ways to increased revenue as a result of the economic crisis," said David Elms, chief executive of the website.

"Unfortunately, this may well mean higher personal tax which puts even more strain on people's finances at a time when they are trying to make their money stretch further."

However, those tempted to try their hand at fiddling their finances have been dealt a stark warning by The Chartered Institute of Tax.

The body has said that naming and shaming deliberate tax defaulters who deliberately default and conceal is an idea that is hard to argue with.

Many other countries go down this route, most notably in Ireland.

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