Tax guide takes 20 hours to read

The UK’s tax system is so complex that guides for individual taxes are even longer than War and Peace, the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) said today. All tax guides except one (inheritance tax) have over 1,204 pages, the length of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel. Tolley’s guide on corporation tax guide is 1,897 pages long, the TPA said. The document is 185 per cent longer than it was in 1999-2000 and would take 20 hours to read aloud. “This shows just how burdensome it has become,” said TPA director Matthew Sinclair. “It is now so complex that families and businesses are often not aware how much tax they are actually paying.”