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Britain's 'war And Peace' Tax Code: Rulebook Has Doubled In Size Since 1997... And Is Ten Times As Long As Tolstoy Novel

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Britain's new tax code has more than doubled in size since 1997 and is now almost ten times as long as War and Peace, new research has revealed.

The complete handbook on tax legislation runs to a door-stopping 11,520 pages – up from 4,998 when Labour came to power more than 13 years ago, the study found.

By contrast, Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 epic on Russian life during the Napoleonic Wars comes in at a mere 1,204 pages.

The report by the Taxpayers’ Alliance lays bare the impenetrable thicket of personal, corporate and inheritance tax rules that businesses and households are forced to clamber through.

The Tolley’s guide to corporation tax is now 1,895 pages long – some 185pc longer than a decade ago, the research revealed.

And at 1,801 pages, the income tax legislation would take the world’s fastest reader 19 hours to read aloud.

The ‘bewildering’ proliferation of new rules is a graphic illustration of ‘just how burdensome our tax system has become’, according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

Total insanity and a deliberate attempt to bewilder the masses, its rules purely to keep lawyers in work.

There is no way people can read this and yet ignorance isn't a defence in the courts. For me that can only be valid if laws are reasonable and easy to understand.

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