To Archive List PageHere is our list of more than 150 Stealth Taxes, which New Labour has sneaked in to fund its policy of tax, spend and waste.
latest addition   Read it and weep, as they say!
NOTE: Some sections are peppered with updates.

Below : How tax revenues have been inflated over the last 8 years.




Income Tax

£77 billion

£123 billion

National Insurance

£45 billion

£78 billion

Stamp Duty

£3.5 billion

£9 billion

Inheritance Tax

£1.7 billion

£2.9 billion

Capital Gains Tax

£1.4 billion

£2.3 billion

Stealth Taxes Now In Force

Bus Pass Stealth Tax
From April 2010, anyone reaching the age of 60 will have to wait until they reach the female retirement age before they qualify for a free travel pass. The female retirement age is being raised to 65 gradually over the next 5 years, so anyone hitting 60 next year will have to wait until 2012 for a free travel pass and anyone reaching 60 in 2015 will have to wait until 2020.
   Gordon Brown plans to raise £1 BILLION from this scam over the next 5 years.

New Pension Stealth Tax
From April 2010, new pensioners will be allocated a pension payment day according to the final 2 digits of their national insurance number. So any man who reaches 65 on a Sunday but is allocated Wednesday as his payment day, will find that his pension starts from the following Thursday – i.e. he will lose 4 days' pension, or £55 at the current rate, because the Department of Work & Pensions does not pay out for part weeks.
   In this Brown lottery, only 1/7th of pensioners will receive their full entitlement in the first week and 6/7ths will lose 1-6 days' pension. Only someone with the petty-minded malice of Gordon Brown could have thought up such a disgraceful scam.

More Stealth Taxes

Here are some sent in by our corresponent D.D.

Empty Property Rates
The amount of commercial property has shrunk for the first time since records began more than 10 years ago as property owners have been forced to demolish empty buildings, which have become a liability under this legislation.
   Some 1.2m sq metres of commercial property were taken out of the UK property sector in 2008 the year when this Stealth Tax was introduced the equivalent of nine Westfield London shopping centres. (Source: data from NB Real Estate, a division of Capita Symonds)

Statutory Off Road Notification Stealth Tax
The DVLA regularly lose SORN returns and "notification of change of ownership of a vehicle" documents, and then fines the person concerned. Using data obtained with a FoI Act request, our correspondent calculated that the DVLA makes at least £50 million per year from the scam, assuming a minimum charge of £40 for each of the 1,200,000 penalty notices issued per year.

Private Water Supply Stealth Tax
New regulations for Wales mean that owners of private water supplies used by two or more households will have to pay to have the quality of the water checked. The scheme is bound to be extended to the rest of the country.
   At present, our correspondent has his water supply checked at his local hospital's pathology laboratory at a cost of £35. Local authorities will be allowed to charge £75 to £435 when they carry out monitoring, up to £100 for each risk assessment and up to £80 for each visit that officers must make to take samples.
   The regulations allow local authority staff to sample and analyse small private drinking water supplies at least once a year and test large-scale supplies even more frequently at even greater cost.

Stealth Tax to come
There is a suggestion that vehicles kept off-road will have to be insured.

On the cards:

More Recycling Steath Taxes : Households will be issued with smaller wheely bins to limit the amount of rubbish they can throw away and 'encourage' them to recycle more. Anyone leaving out extra waste, over-filling bins, putting materials in the wrong recycling bin, etc. will be fined. The amount of refuse which can be discarded will, of course, be the usual postcode lottery – people living in adjacent streets will be charged different amounts for throwing away the same amount of rubbish and people on one side of a street will end up being allowed to ditch twice as much junk as their neighbours across the road.
 • Councils which wish to keep weekly refuse collections will be fined by the pen-pushers of Whitehall to extract even more Stealth Tax and push up already inflated council taxes.
 • The discarded, large wheely bins, of course, will have to be recyled into smaller ones at great and unnecessary expense.

£1,000 Wrong Bin Tax : The Environment Sec., "Veggie" Benn, plans to recruit an army of bin inspectors, who will check all recycling bins and kitchen slops buckets to make sure that they contain only permitted materials, and issue fines to as many people as possible for the smallest of infractions.

Death Tax : If he wins the next general election, Gordon Brown plans to pursue his victims beyond the grave with a tax of £20,000 or 10% of their estate – on top of Death Duties. The actual amount of the tax will be the most that Brown thinks he can get away with.

Justice Tax : The government plans to extend the £15 surcharge for the victims of crime from convictions in court to fixed penalty notices, including those for parking offences, littering, drinking in the street, overfilling wheely bins, etc. No guarantees are on offer that the revenue gathered by stealth will actually get anywhere near victims of crime.

Holiday 2nd Home Stealth Tax : In 2010, the Chancellor plans to change the tax rules for people who rent out a second home in a holiday resort area. He hopes to raise £20 million to hurl into the government's Brown Hole but the likely effect will be to raise a negligible amount of money, raise costs to the tourist industry by £200 million/year and put a lot of people out of work. It's called "joined-up government".

Brown Bin Tax : Council Tax will rise £50/year to pay for the government's increases in landfill tax.

Independent Safeguarding Authority Tax : October 2009 The Vetting & Barring scheme, run by the ISA, requires anyone in regular contact with children or 'vulnerable' adults to register with the ISA at a cost of £64. Anyone whose job requires an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check will have to cough up an extra £36.
 • The government (under the guiding hand of E. Balls) hopes to raise one to 1.5 billion pounds from the scam, all of which will be spent on extending the civil service and giving jobs to potential Labour voters.

Business Rate Tax Relief Withdrawn : from 2009 Business rates, (Council Tax for businesses) are recalculated every 5 years. In the past, the rise was phased in over 5 years. But the government has ended that without allowing any discussion of it in Parliament. Companies will now have to pay the full rise in one big lump.
   This Stealth Tax is expected to yield an extra £40 million in 2009/10 and £30 million more in each of 2010/11 and 2011/12. In addition, £80 million of all rates will go unpaid when around 5% of the current total of small businesses go bust because they have been taxed out of business.

Business Car Parking Tax : from 2012 Firms offering more than 10 parking spaces to their employees will be taxed at £250/space/year initially, which will rise to £350/space/year after 2 years.

Broadband Tax : 2009-2017 The government proposes to add 50p/month to the bills for all business and domestic landline telephones to pay for extending the broadband network. The Stealth Tax is intended to raise £1 billion by 2017, mainly from people who already have a broadband connection, leaving the taxpayer to find an estimated £3 billion to cover the shortfall left by this cosmetic tax.

Spite Tax : April 2009 Budget The 50p tax rate for people earning over £150K was imposed anyway as a political gesture after the Treasury warned that 70% of those affected would find a way round it, and the tax could lead to a decrease in tax revenue.

20 mph Speed Limit Tax : April 2009 Budget This is not about saving lives, as the government spin claims. Road vehicles are not fuel efficient at this speed, they will use more fuel and emissions of CO2, etc., will increase, and the government will collect more money from fuel taxes. Worse, extending journey times reduces the efficiency of the nation's workforce and will cost the economy billions.

Data Storage Stealth Tax £32 million spread over all users of internet services as the cost of setting up the system and storing all of their personal emails and details of their internet usage for the first 12 months PLUS £ 2 million/year thereafter as running costs.

Renewable Heating Incentive (announced February 2009) The government will impose a Stealth Tax on energy generated from fossil fuels, and the energy companies will pass the increase in price on to their customers. The cash collected, the DECC claims, will be used to fund grants for domestic windmills, solar panels, wood-burning boilers and other 'green' energy sources. In effect, the Stealth Tax is a redistribution of wealth from the poor to the well-off.

Emergency Budget Stealth Taxes November 2008 The duty rates on petrol, diesel, alcohol & tobacco are all going UP to compensate for the drop in VAT to 15%. The limits on the amount payable into a private pension pot, and the final size of the pot, will be frozen in 2011/12 to extract £2.3 billion from private pensions on top of the £175 billion already stolen by Brown Stealth Taxes. National Insurance will also go up by 0.5% for everyone and 0.5% more for everyone earning more than £40K.

Seat Belt Stealth Tax November 2008 The fine for not wearing a seat belt will double to £60 in 2009.

Marriage Stealth Tax November 2008 Women who change their name when they marry will have to cough up £30 to buy a new ID card or face a fine of £125-1,000 for failing to update their entry in the government's files. They will also have to pay £72 for a new passport.

Breach of Duty Tax August 2008 The government is thinking about making councils pay £10 to customers every time they fail to deliver on obligations, e.g. removing refuse and making street repairs. Adding on the extra bureaucracy involved in making the payments will give councils a licence to raise Council Tax by as much as they like to make up the deficit.

Breach of Refuse Regulations Tax August 2008 Anyone who overfills a bin, or puts out one or more extra bags of rubbish with the bin, will be liable to a spot fine of £110 thanks to Hilary Benn. This is £30 more than the spot fine for shoplifting and being drunk & disorderly.

"Green" Road Tax July 2008 UPDATE Owners of larger-engined cars bought between 2001 and 2006 have been exempt from the top 2 bands of the 13-band road tax (based on notional carbon dioxide emission ratings) and pay a maximum of £210/year. From April 2009, the exemption will be abolished and the owners will have to pay up to £440.
In addition, as there is no carbon dioxide emission data available for cars bought before April 2001, all vehicles of engine size greater than 1,549 cc will have an arbitrary 'green' tax of £15/year slapped on them. This adds 5,600,000 motorists to the Chancellor's previously admitted total of 9,000,000 affected by the latest 'green' swindle.

Wind Farm Tax Gordon Brown's Big Green Wind-Power Revolution will added £260 per year to the energy bills of every household if it works out.

Rubbish Licence All businesses which move waste; either using sub-contractors or doing it themselves; will have to buy a licence costing £30/year from DEFRA or its appointed agents. 400,000 small businesses stand in the firing line.

Bin Tax The Climate Change Bill (2008) will let local councils introduce pay-as-you-throw schemes for refuse collection. The extra charge is being advertised as £30/year/household but £100/year is a more likely figure.
   Council Tax will not be reduced to take account of the money already collected to pay for refuse collection. The Bin Tax is yet another Brown Labour swindle and the government is withholding details of which councils will be involved in the trials until after the 2008/05/01 local elections to avoid even greater losses of Labour seats.
   The government's announced target for pay-as-you-throw schemes is 5 areas, but it has a concealed target of 62% of all households in England and Wales.
In the wake of the Labour party's May Day Massacre in the local elections, Gordon Brown has decided the time is not right to introduce this tax.
Some councils have announced that they plan to stick another £100 onto their Council Tax bills by stealth if they're not allowed to charge the Bin Tax so that customers are guaranteed that they will have to pay more for less in the way of service.
Brown was lying when he claimed that he had killed off this scheme. Ten days later, his ministers announced that the 5 pilot schemes will go ahead in 2009 as a testing ground for a national scheme involving a Bin Tax based on the amount of unrecyclable rubbish which a household offers up for disposal.

Second Home Tax : New Labour would like to see owners of second homes paying a special TRIPLE rate of Council Tax – to which could be added an Absentee Tax on homes left unoccupied for 6-8 months per year.

Nuclear Tax : Every household will have to pay an extra £3,400 on its electricity bills over the next 20 years (£170 per year) to pay for new nuclear power stations and nuclear waste disposal.

Crime Tax : Lord Goldsmith, the New Labour Attorney General, would like to let violent criminals and people arrested in possession of drugs and knives & other offensive weapons buy their way out of a gaol sentence and a criminal record by stumping up £500 to the government's coffers.

Bed Tax : The government is eager to add a further 10% tax to hotel bills – in addition to VAT (currently 17.5%). The tax would make Britain the highest taxed holiday destination in Europe.

Insulation Tax : Householders who fail to have their windows double-glazed, and their loft and cavity walls insulated, will have to pay more Council Tax for causing global warming. Those have made their home more energy-efficient might just get a rebate (but don't hold your breath).

Obesity Tax : To be applied to 'junk' foods in the name of combatting obesity and getting the nation 'fighting fit for the Olympics'.

Global Warming Airline Tax (a.k.a. Skyway) : The amount of the tax will vary according to the distance flown, e.g. £10 for a trip to Europe rising to £50 for a journey to the United States. Foreign Sec. Margaret Bucket thinks this tax will prevent Britain from descending into 'climage chaos'.

Planning Gain Supplement : Announced in the 2006 December pre-budget report, this is a new stealth tax (to be introduced within 3 years) on land sold by home owners to developers based on the difference between value of the land itself, and the value of the land with planning permission.

Garden Debris Tax Threatened in June 2007 : A charge of £50/year from your council for removing the lawn cuttings, prunings and other stuff that goes in the green wheely bin for recycling via the council's composting scheme. The government seems to think home composting, or fly-tipping, is a better alternative.

English Lesson Tax Also threatened in June 2007, the government's decision to stop funding college courses offering English lessons to migrants means that Ruth Kelly's Commission on Integration & Cohesion will recommend tagging the cost onto the Council Tax.

Dormant Account Tax July 2007 The government is making noises about stealing the £15 billion in bank and building society accounts which have not been accessed for 15 or more years.

Home Information Tax July 2007 Information from HIPs will be collected by Council Tax assessors for use in the next revaluation programme in order to extract the maximum amount of cash from home owners.

Bin Bag Tax October 2007 In the first 6-month trials, councils will hand out 26 purple bin bags. Extra bags will be available at 28p a time, and the dustmen will remove only the official bags, ignoring cheaper bags bought from supermarkets. This stealth tax is estimated to add £40/year to the Council Tax and it will lead to an epidemic of fly-tipping and theft of purple bin bags.

Capital Gains Tax October 2007 As a result of 'simplification' of the system, this tax will be going up by 80% for people who sell their small business when they retire.

National Insurance October 2007 The small print of the 2007 Budget hides the fact that £4.5 billion will be taken from middle and higher income taxpayers through changes to National Insurance thresholds.

Business Rate Tax Relief will be slashed from April 2008 at a time when the government has 78 acres of floor idle space in office buildings and grace & favour homes, which are lying empty but still costing the taxpayer a packet in lease-fees and maintenance.

Window Tax March 2008 The government chickened out of a revaluation for Council Tax in England but its minions are still snooping behind the scenes. By March 2008, about 8 million houses had been screened and coded according to the view from their windows. Those with a full view of something scenic will be charged the top rate of Window Tax, those with just a partial view will be charged an appropriate proportion of the tax.
    Off-street parking places have also been totted up by Gordon Brown's bean-counters at the Department for Communities & Local Government to provide the basis for another Stealth Tax when he's feeling brave enough.

Biometric Data Collection Tax November 2008 The Home Office has announced that it is giving the job of collecting fingerprint, face scan and other biometric data to the private sector, which means that the price of an ID card will double – £30 to the government for issuing the card and a further £30 to the firm which collects the data. The same £30 Stealth Tax will apply to anyone who has to buy a new passport, which has to be biometric now.

Pip Squeaker
"Tax till they bleed!"
Pic: BlackFlag News
Stealth Taxes – the first 90

New Labour promised not to put up income tax to get elected. So instead of in-your-face direct taxes, Chancellor Gordon Brown gave us new, indirect, Stealth Taxes and he abolished tax concessions. His attempts to fund New Labour's Fat Government Policy have savaged the pensions and savings industries and had cost the nation the equivalent of 16.5 p in the pound on the basic rate of income tax by 2004.

Here is a list of New Labour's first 90 Stealth Taxes with the date of introduction where known.
Tax & Waste Rules, UK!

July 1997
01 • Mortgage Interest Tax Relief At Source (MIRAS) reduced from 15% to 10%
02 • Dividend Tax Credits for pension schemes abolished
03 • Income tax relief on health insurance abolished
04 • Insurance Premium Tax extended to some health insurance
05 • Road Fuel Tax escalator increased to 6%
06 • Vehicle Excise Duty increased
07 • Tobacco duty escalator increased to 5%
08 • Stamp Duty raised to 2%
09 • Carry back of Corporation Tax losses limited to 1 year
10 • Windfall tax on utilities

March 1998
11 • Tax relief for the married couple's allowance (MCA) cut to 10%
12 • Top rate of Insurance Premium Tax extended to travel insurance
13 • Exceptional increase in tobacco and alcohol duties
14 • Duties on casinos and gaming machines raised
15 • Road Fuel Tax escalator increase brought forward
16 • Tax on company cars increased
17 • Tax relief on foreign earnings abolished
18 • Tax concessions for certain professions abolished
19 • Capital gains tax imposed on certain non-residents
20 • Restriction of Capital Gains Tax relief on reinvestment
21 • Corporation tax payments on account brought forward
22 • Stamp duty increased again
23 • Certain hydrocarbon duties increased
24 • Additional diesel duties introduced
25 • Landfill Tax increased
26 • Double tax credits on certain dividends restricted

March 1999
27 • National Insurance Contributions earning limit raised
28 • NI Contributions for self-employed increased
29 • Tax relief of Married Couple's Allowance abolished
30 • MIRAS abolished
31 • Self-employed contractors to pay NI and income tax as if employees
32 • Company car business mileage discount limited
33 • Double escalator on tobacco duties
34 • Insurance Premium Tax increased to 5%
35 • Vocational training relief abolished
36 • Employer NI Contribution base broadened to include all benefits in kind
37 • VAT on some banking services increased
38 • Tax on reverse premiums paid to tenants by landlords introduced
39 • Duty on domestic fuel oils up
40 • Vehicle Excise Duty for lorries increased
41 • Landfill tax escalator introduced
42 • Stamp Duty rates raised again to 2.5/3.5%

March 2000
43 • Tobacco duties increased above inflation
44 • Stamp duty raised for 4th time, scope of duty extended
45 • Extra taxation of life assurance companies
46 • Rules on tax havens tightened up
47 • Company car taxes raised

The Chancellor gives the exhausted nation a year off – no new stealth taxes!

April 2002
48 • Personal tax allowances frozen
49 • National Insurance threshold frozen
50 • NI Contributions for employers raised
51 • NI Contributions for employees raised [Class 1 up 1%]
52 • NI Contributions for self-employed raised
53 • North Sea taxation increased
54 • Duty on some alcoholic drinks raised
55 • Stamp duty thresholds frozen
56 • Tax relief on investment in film industy restricted
57 • Rules on corporate debt tightened
58 • Nil-rate threshold for inheritance tax raised by less than the rate of inflation

April 2003
59 • VAT imposed on electronically supplied services
60 • Domestic staff on £89/week to pay NI & income tax, employers to pay NI
61 • Betting duty increases
62 • Tax on red diesel and fuel oil increased
63 • Anti-tax haven rules tightened to cover more UK firms with Irish subsidiaries
64 • Vehicle excise duty raised
65 • Personal tax allowances frozen again

July, 2003
66 • £35 added to all fines and £3 added to the cost of a home insurance policy

September, 2003
67 • Price of petrol raised 7p per gallon (with the VAT)

October, 2003
68 • Up to 8 times increase in the stamp duty on leases for retail premises
69 • Airport Tax doubled

December, 2003
70 • 40% extra Council Tax on second homes was sneaked in while the Westminster Wonders were breaking up for their hols a whole week before Xmas.
Additional info : It has been pointed out that a number of councils gave an even bigger discount for second homes and the increase for some people can be 80%. Plus the usual 6-18% annual rise, depending on how bloated the council's operations have become.
   Exemptions may be granted if the second home owner (1) has to live somewhere because of his/her employment, (2) the dwelling comes with the job, or (3) there are special threat/security reasons involved. All of which excuses apply to 10, Downing Street, the home of a certain Mr. Anthony B. Liar. (Thanks to M.K.)

January, 2004
71 • £60 per day fine for late submission of self-assessment income tax forms
72 • Traffic wardens to receive powers to impose fines for a whole bunch of offences to keep poor people off the roads. The offences will include parking more than 19 inches from the kerb (£100) and dithering by people who are lost over, and who don't know whether to make a turn or keep straight on
73 • A 'Victims Fund' surcharge fine on everyone who passes through the courts. £5 for speeding up to £30 for murder.
74 • Legal Aid for the middle classes abolished

February, 2004
75 • £40 per week charge to middle-class parents for formerly free nursery places
76 • £200 per year charge to middle-class parents for places on formerly free school buses
77 • £250 per hour charge from the fire brigade for non-fire-related call-outs, e.g. clearing up after road accidents and rescuing pussy cats from trees

March, 2004
78 • £550 tax rise (at standard rate) for people using a company van or people-carrier out of work time
79 • Council Tax will rise at least 7.4% next year (according to the Budget)
80 • The tax incentive for owner-operator small businesses to become companies abolished
81 • Tax on cross-border payments for goods and services between multi-divisional companies extended to transactions within the UK
82 • Tax on trusts up from 34% to 40%
83 • Duty on red diesel up 1p/litre above inflation (57% rise)
84 • Duty on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) used as fuel up 1p/litre above inflation (45% rise)
85 • Personal allowances for taxpayers under 65 frozen

April 2004
86 • PEPs and ISAs containing shares lose their tax break on dividends and the annual ISA allowance cut by £2,000 to £5,000
87 • The 100% tax allowance for small businesses & self-employed on new computer/advanced telephone equipment cut to 50% for 2004/5 tax year
88 • Passports in addition to costing twice as much as the present price of £42, the new 'biometric data' passports will be valid for half as long. They will have to be renewed every 5 years instead of every 10 years, which doubles the cost yet again.
89 • £100 per year 'lighthouse tax' on small boats over 8 metres long. Commerial shipping lines think they should pay £2.6 million per year towards the annual £73 million cost of maintaining lighthouses and navigational equipment.

May 2004
90 • Council Tax bills to rise a further £110 in the affected areas to pay for 'Two Jags' Prescott's regional assemblies


"Gimme the dosh!"

Further Stealth Taxes

[This section also contains more detail on some of the taxes listed above.]

Accident TaxSeptember 2004 Building on the success of the Vehicle Insurance Premium Tax (see below), which raises £105 million per year, the government is planning to extend the idea to accidents in the workplace. The government hopes to raise a further £150 million per year from insurance companies when people are treated in NHS hospitals after accidents at work. Employers can expect their liability insurance premiums to rise by 5%. Some firms have already seen their premiums rise by 20-50% in 2003/4 thanks to the current compensation culture. The rate of business failure is expected to increase steeply when this new stealth tax is imposed.

Air Passenger Duty (a.k.a. Skyway Robbery)December 2006 Doubled from February 2007 in the pre-budget statement. This is (im)purely a tax on travelling and nothing to do with saving the planet. The rates will be £10 for shorthaul flights rising to £80 for longhaul flights.

Business RatesSeptember 2005 As a result of a revaluation of commercial premises, which the government promised would be 'revenue neutral', business rates will rise by 8% this year – 3 times inflation. Businesses, and their customers, will have to find £1,200,000,000 to throw into the Chancellor's Black Hole.

Coarse Fishing School Tax • The licence cost £12.25 in 2007 and went up to £16.75 for 2008.

Childcare @ School Tax • New Labour wants all schools to stay open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by 2010 to allow mothers to work. The scheme has to be self-financing, so as a consequence, schools will have to charge for all out-of-hours activities, e.g. outings, sports coaching, and dance and music classes.

Company Vehicle Taxes • These taxes have been raised by increasing charges on both cars and fuel, and also by reducing high-mileage discounts.

Computer Tax(March 2006 Budget small print) Anyone who uses a computer at work for checking personal emails or private pottering on the internet, and anyone who uses a company PC or laptop at home, will be liable to pay the Computer Tax unless they can prove to the Revenue Dept. beyond a shadow of a doubt that the computer is used for work only and nothing else.
   A £2,000 computer bought after 2006/04/06 will cost employees in the higher income tax band £160 more per year, and the employer will have to pay an extra £51.20.

Congestion Charging • This scam raised a lot of cash in London and other big cities are wondering about cashing in.
June 2005 Congestion Charges for rush-hour trains. Apparently, the Department of Transport has this weird notion that only rich people travel by train and paupers use buses. So they don't think any Labour supporters will be affected. The tax is necessary because the rail companies have been doing too good a job of selling their product and road pricing is expected to force a large number of poor motorists off the roads. Eventually, the government hopes to introduce Congestion Charging for pedestrians to stop people wandering around unnecessarily and make them stay at home, where the government can keep an eye on them with in-home CCTV [which will be installed as part of a multi-billion-pound scheme to crack down on antisocial behaviour.].

Corporation Tax • The headline rate was cut from 30p to 28p in the 2007 budget but the rate for small companies was increased from 19p to 20p from 2007/04/01. It will rise further to 21p in 2008 and to 22p in 2009.
   Gordon Brown says the change is to penalize workers from eastern Europe, who register themselves as companies to avoid paying income tax when they arrived in the UK. But instead of closing this loophole, he has chosen to increase the tax burden by stealth on all small companies.

Dental Tax 1 • Despite increasing National Insurance, which is supposed to pay for the Health Service, the government is forcing dentists out of the NHS system and obliging their customers to seek private treatment via a dental plan costing, typically, £19 per month. [Thanks to N.B. for this one.]
Dental Tax 22006/04/01 The cost of a dental checkup on the NHS rose threefold from £5.54 to £15.50. The cost of a filling went up fourfold to £42.40 and the price of a gold crown doubled to £189.

'Didn't Vote' TaxJuly 2005 Geoff 'Buff' Hoon, former Defence Minister, wants to make voting compulsory at general elections so that New Labour can impose a fine on anyone who exercises their former democratic right not to vote for any of the unappealing candidates.

Disorder TaxMay 2005 The government would like every business licences to sell alcohol in designated 'Disorder Zones' to hand over £100/week to pay for extra policing to handle 'drink-fuelled violence'. "The scheme will let local councils and police forces run legalized protection rackets," commented a likely victim of the tax.

Dividend Tax Credit • This allowance was abolished in 1997, reducing income to charities, pension funds and anyone living on income from dividends. Pension funds and non-taxpayera can no longer recover the tax credit on income from UK dividends. The effect has been described as compound interest in reverse as pension contributions must be increased to provide the same level of benefits.

Driving Licences • The cost of the driving test written test and the driving test itself have been increasing relentlessly, and now there is a charge for changing from a provisional licence to a full licence. [Thanks to N.B. for this one.]
Driving Licence Photocard Tax : From 2008, driving licences will have to carry a photograph to comply with EU regulations. The government is offering 3 options:
1. An extra charge of £3 for everyone, which is expected to rise to £10 very quickly;
2. First-time drivers will pay for everyone and the cost of a driving licence will rise from 38 to 68; and
3. The cost of a driving licence will rise to 45 and the cost of registering a new car will rise from 38 to 45.
Expired Photo Licence Tax : September 2008 Anyone who got a driving licence with a photo in July 1998 is still licensed to drive until 70 but their licence has expired. Hidden in the deliberately almost invisible small print on the back is the news that the photo licence lasts only 10 years. So that's a £17.50 Stealth Tax to have it renewed for everyone 10 years after getting a photo licence – backed up by a fine of £1,000 for anyone who fails to surrender the expired licence.

Europe Tax • In 2007/08, Britain will pay £4.1 billion to the European Union. In 2008/09, we have to pay £6.1 billion, which becomes £6.4 billion in 2009/10.
   This is a direct consequence of Gordon Brown's policy of surrendering the rebate won by Mrs. Thatcher and getting nothing in return.

Excise Duty • Consistently raised above the rate of inflation on tobacco and alcohol, tax of fuel and fares.

Fines, More Widespread Use • Everything from motoring offences, anti-social behaviour, truancy and binge drinking is seen as a means of raising revenue by New Labour.

Fiscal Drag • Gordon Brown, seeking to fill the monstrous Black Hole which he has created in the nation's finances, is adjusting tax bands relative to an inflation rate which has been massaged down rather than the rate of increase of earnings. As a result, 3 million of the 28 million taxpayers are paying the 40% rate, an increase of around 10% since Gordon Brown became Chancellor.
   Fiscal drag includes Stamp Duty on property purchases, which is now at five times the 1997 level (£3,600 million compared to £675 million) and twice as many people are paying it as in 1997 (1,200,000 versus 607,000).
   Inheritance Tax is another growth area. Thanks to the government's failure to allow for rising house prices, it has risen 75% since 1997 to £2.8billion per year.
   Income tax has doubled under New Labour due to Fiscal drag Chancellor Brown's policy of not raising tax thresholds year by year. The amount of income tax for 2006/07 will reach 109% of the amount raised in 1996/97. [145 billion compared to 69 billion]

Free Travel Tax • Gordon Brown announced free off-peak travel for people of 60 and older in the 2006 budget. But he failed to provide the cash to pay for the scheme. So Council Tax and/or fares had to go up to bridge the gap.

Home Information Pack TaxJuly 2005 From 2007/06/01, New Labour will require home owners to give prospective buyers details of their dwelling's structural condition, title deeds, energy-use efficiency, planning consent status (if applicable), e.g. for a conservatory, and details of guarantees for central heating, double glazing, etc. Reports for the packs will be compiled by 7,500 home inspectors, who will join New Labour's vast army of public servants with jobs that make them indebted to the Labour party.
March 2006 The information in these packs will be 'stored electronically' and made available to inspectors looking for excuses to raise the Council Tax on homes which have been improved or repaired, and homes on which the owner has spent a lot of cash to keep them well maintained.
April 2006 Home Information Packs will also attract VAT at the full rate of 17.5% on top of the £1,000 cost in line with New Labour's disgraceful policy of applying taxes on top of taxes.
June 2006 The packs won't include information on:
 • subsidence risks;
 • flooding risks;
 • rights of access affecting security and the safety of children; and
 • land contamination.
The main purpose of the HIP is to provide the Treasury with £111 million/year from VAT on HIPs and Energy Performance Certificates.

Identity Tax • After getting us used to Stealth Taxes, the government wants to give its customers Stealth ID cards by building personal data into passports and driving licences, which will cost at least £35 more than the current price as they will become multi-purpose documents. Anyone who doesn't drive and who isn't planning to go aboard will be required to buy a straight ID card for £35.
October/November 2004 The idea of adding biometric data to passports and driving licences to turn them into identity cards has been junked. The latest big idea to come out of the Home Office is a stand-alone biometric ID card. Everyone will have to have one, paying a Stealth Tax of £35, but no one will be obliged to carry it.
   So anyone wanting a passport in and after 2007 will have to pay £85 for a non-biometric passport, which will be valid for 5 years. The price includes the £35 Stealth Tax for a biometric ID card, which will be valid for 10 years. [See also Stealth Tax 88 above.]
   At present, a passport valid for 10 years costs £42. As a result of the changes and Stealth Taxes, travellers wanting the same deal will have to pay £135 for two 5-year passports plus a 10-year biometric ID card.
May 2005 : The government's first guess was £5.8 billion for the cost of the ID card scheme. A more realistic estimate is that the cost is on course for being 3 times as much at around £18 billion. And if the scheme has to be self-financing, the government will have to charge £300 per card! If the government chooses to conceal the true cost of the card by sneaking in taxpayers' money from another account, then card-holders can still expect to be ripped off. This year's guess for the cost of a card is £93, which is 20% up on the guess for 2004. So the likely price in 2008, when everyone applying for one of the new biometric passports will be obliged to get an ID card as well, is £160.
December 2005 : The price of a standard passport was raised from £42 to £51.
March 2006 : Identity cards may not be compulsory just yet, but anyone who applies for a passport in 2008, but chooses not to have an ID card as well, will still be charged £93. Up to 6 million people face being ripped off for an ID card which they don't want but have to pay for.
   Additional facts :
• The government expects ID cards to become compulsory in 2013.
• People will have to go to a data collection centre at some central point and spend anything up to an hour being measured – plus time spent hanging around waiting to be measured.
• Biometric ID cards will have to be renewed every 5 years as iris and facial scans will have to be updated to take account of changes in the owner's appearance.
• The Home Office says that card readers will cost £250-750. A more realistic estimate of the cost is £3,0000-4,000 each.
• Processing a card and its owner will take about a minute. So anyone at the back of a queue of 30 people will have to hang around for half an hour – assuming everything goes smoothly with the verification process for the other people in the queue.
July 2006 : The price of a standard passport will be raised from £51 to £66 on October 5th, an annual rate of increase of 62%. Part of the increase is to pay for biometric identity-card data, even though New Labour's ID card plans are in disarray and unlikely to be implemented as planned.
December 2006 : Fines connected with ID cards will go to the government's coffers for general spending, not toward running the ID card scheme. They will include £1,000 for failing to surrender a dead relative's card within an arbitrary period and the same amount for failing to supply 'all current addresses', which is aimed at students living away from home.
   There will be a £30 fee for a new ID card for married women who take their husband's name, which is expected to generate £9 million per year, and the same fee for a replacement driving licence to replace one lost or stolen, which is expected to yield £30 million per year.
May 2007 : The latest guestimate of the 10-year cost of the ID card scam has gone up by £840 million since last October to a new total of £5.75 billion. This guess excludes an additional £510 million on the Foreign Office budget to cover the cost of consular services associated with issuing ID cards abroad. The guestimate also excludes the cost of installing ID card readers at social security offices, at GP's surgeries for registering new patients, etc.
   The latest increase raised the estimated cost of an ID card by £12 to an eye-watering £105.
June 2007 : From October, the price of a standard passport will rise to £72 (up £6), the premium 'same day' service will cost £114 (up £6), the fast-track 'within a week' service will cost £97 (up £6) and a child's 5-year passport will cost £46 (up £1).

Hospital Car Parking • Our correspondent C.O. has pointed out: "At our local hospital, parking over the last four years has increased from £1 per 24 hours (come and go, midnight to midnight) to £2 (maybe more now) for every visit of more that 30 minutes." This is a shameless tax on the sick.

Information Tax • The Chancellor is planning fees of £50-575 for material made available when the Freedom of Information Act comes into force in January 2005. The fees will be 666% to 958% higher than those given in the Bill which Tony Bliar and his cronies placed before Parliament.

Inheritance Trust TaxFrom 2006 Anyone who tries to pass on savings and property (all taxed to the hilt by New Labour) via a trust will have to pay out 6% of the inheritance every 10 years plus massive entry and exit penalties. New tax changes will force a change in the inheritance age from 25 down to 18 if people want the trust to remain tax-free. The tax will attack life insurance police. It will also grab from the assets of those who die intestate and terminally ill people who make a settlement, and also from trusts created as a result of court orders arising from divorce cases.
There will be a Will Tax as a spin-off from the trust tax as a million or so people will have to have their will redrafted to take account of the new tax laws – at an average cost of £250 a time.
June 2006 – Chancellor does U-turn
1. The exemption allowing assets left to a spouse in a trust in a will is to stay free of Inheritance Tax.
2. Children receiving the contents of a trust will be liable 'only for a small tax change' if they inherit between the ages of 18 and 25. The charge will still be 6% for every 10 years but the clock will start when the child reaches 18, not when the trust is set up.
   The remaining tax grabs remain in place.

Licensing & Registration Fees • Thanks to New Labour's willingness to go along with any new red tape that the Eurocrats of Brussels dream up, more and more people are having to pay a registration fee for being allowed to do their job – doormen, electricians and school dinner ladies to name but a few. And homeowners, who allow a job to be done by someone who isn't licensed to carry out electrical work in the home, are liable to be fined. Certification costs £ 877.50 and there is an annual renewal fee of £405.38. As usual, the consumer gets a bigger bill as someone has to pay for all the red tape.
   Further, the cost of registering care homes, and the enforcement of new regulations, have both increased by huge amounts. As a result, many care homes have simply gone out of business and the rest are having to charge much larger fees.
   Even further, pubs, clubs, restaurants, takeaway shops which serve food after 11 p.m., concert halls, village halls and any venue which holds events at which drinks are served are all required to renew their licence this year because New Labour changed the rules in 2003/4. And as this process involves a lot wrestling with jargon-filled forms, and time is running out for the August 2005 deadline for filing applications, there's a shambles in the making.
   Anyone who misses the August deadline will find things get a whole lot more complicated for the October filing date, and the government will require them to jump through a lot more hoops. Worse, as processing the forms involves a lot of work, councils will have to shove up their Council Tax to pay for it. [Thanks to V.M. for this theme.]

Manure Recycling Tax • Riding stables and other businesses using horses have to buy a licence to make compost (used as fertiliser) from horse manure. And from 2005/07/01, businesses doing so will have to spend thousands of pounds on installing a leakproof concrete flooring beneath muck heaps with a sealed holding tank for the liquid which runs off.
   The average horse produces around 9 metric tons of manure per year. Muck heaps of between 5-50 metric tons will cost 252 for the first year and 174 for subsequent years. Heaps of 50-400 metric tons will cost 482 for the first year then 402 per year. Manure has been composted and spread on farmland for thousands of years. It has taken New Labour until 2005 to identify this source of a new stealth tax. [Thanks to V.M.]

Married Couples' Allowance • This allowance cut further in 1998 (after being reduced by the Tories) and abolished completely in 1999.

Mortgage Interest Relief • Cut in 1997 then abolished in 2000.

MoT Tax • Our correspondent P.D. writes: "I looked through your 'Stealth Tax Chronicle' and I think you've missed the £3.00 tax imposed on M.O.T. tests. - I read where this will net the government another £27 million a year from the motorists!!"

NHS Creeping Privatization • In 2008, the average family pays £3,850 per year to the NHS PLUS a further £1,200 extra for dental treatment, services from opticians, nursing care, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and everything else which New Labour has decided won't be "free at the point of use".

National Insurance • The rates were increased by 1% plus a new charge on income above the previous upper cut-off limit.

National Lottery, The • Chancellor Gordon Brown is breaking the rules for the lottery by diverting profits to the NHS and Education. This money should be raised by direct taxation and stealing from lottery funds reflects New Labour's fundamentally dishonest attitude to taxation. And what next? A lottery precept to pay for the illegal war in Iraq?
June 2005 The government has already diverted National Lottery cash to irregular purposes such as training teachers and school librarians, buying hospital equipment, buying fruit for school meals and the Jamie Oliver school meals improvement plan. The next step is using the National Lottery Bill 2005 to take formal government control of the Big Lottery Fund, which distributes one-half of lottery profits. The Bill will allow government ministers to set the amounts of grants and specify which causes can have a grant.
   In 1997, Tony Blair said: "We do not believe it would be right to use lottery money to pay for things (health, education & the environment) which are the government's responsibility." But he seems happy enough about breaking that promise in 2005.

Noisy Pub TaxOctober 2006 Pubs & clubs which create a noise nuisance between 23:00 and 07:00 on one single nice face either an on-the-spot fine of £500 or a fine of up to £5,000 if prosecuted successfully. The tax is a form of apology from New Labour for wishing a 24-hour drinking culture on the country.

Passport Tax • The government's ambition used to be to build identity card data into passports but the wheels are coming off this scheme due to practical difficulties over collecting, storing securely and verifying the data. Even though plans to go biometric are in disarray, the price rises to pay for a programme which isn't happening continue to go ahead. Thus the price of a standard passport went up from £42 to £51 in December 2005, and a further increase to £66 on October 5th 2006 was announced in July.
   If the government continues with its plans as announced, the price is expected to rise to £85 in 2007 for a passport lasting 5 years instead of 10. Depending on how much biometric data is built in to passport, and how self-supporting the government expects the scheme to be, the price in 2008 is expected to be anything from £93 to a monster £160.

Peak-Time Rail Fare Supplement : When he was Transport Sec. in 2005, Alistair Darling did an under-the-counter deal with new train operator First allowing them to double fares on busy routes in the London area. Cheap day return tickets were rendered invalid between 4:30 and 7 p.m. as a means of forcing poor people off overcrowded trains. South-West Trains also has the same deal for some of its services.

Pensions • The Chancellor's assaults on the pensions industry have removed £5billion per year via abolished tax concessions and made worthwhile personal pensions unaffordable for many people.
Pension & Means Testing • The more the customer saves, the lower the nett private pension he/she will receive after means testing to determine his/her entitlement to a supplement to the state pension. In effect, savings are taxed at a rate of 40-100% and most people would be better off enjoying a higher standard of life during their working life instead of depriving themselves by saving for their old age.
   'Anyone not in the top 40% of earnings is wasting their time putting money into pensions savings if the present policies continue.' – Help The Aged
Pension Tax Relief • Flexibility rules were abolished to stop people taking advantage of unused allowances from previous years.
Pension Term Assurance Tax ReliefDecember 2006 pre-budget statement To be abolished on new policies and >80% of any pension fund (Alternatively Secured Pension) bequeathed to children to be grabbed by the Treasury.

Planning TaxJanuary 2005 Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott wants planning fees to go up. So, for example, the fee for a domestic extension will rise 23% from £110 to £135; the fee for a new house will go up 20% from £220 to £265; and the maximum charge for a housing estate will rocket by 355% from £11,000 to £50,000.
Planning Gain Supplement TaxFebruary 2006 If someone gets planning permission for an extension or a new building, they will have to pay a tax on the increased value of their land right away – possibly long before any work is done. The tax is expected to shove another £1 billion into the government's Black Hole.

Poor Performance Penalties • When the government's regulators impose fines and poor performance penalties on the railways, the post office, bus companies, etc., fares and prices go up to cover the cost of the penalty. And if the service provider promises to provide a better level of service, the regulator can sanction higher than justified price rises to 'encourage improved service standards'.
   Businesses can be hit by all sorts of fines ranging from penalties for failing to meet targets to punitive fines for causing death(s) through negligence. If no particular individual is blamed, and charged separately, then the fine is passed to the customer. Or, if this is not done, then the firm goes out of business, increasing unemployment and its collateral costs, and reducing services still further. [Thanks to V.M.]

Premium Bond Tax : From June 2006, the government is dipping in to the premium bond prize fund to the tune of over £1 million per month. The amount distributed in May was £76.6 million. The amount due for distribution in June is just £75.4 million as a result of a stealth tax of £1.2 million.

Premium Rate Phone Lines • Nine government departments (at the last count) are using 0870 lines as their sole means of direct contact by the public, who are charged 10p/minute for calling from a landline or up to 35p/minute from a mobile phone. HM Revenue & Customs collected £2.4 million from its 0870 numbers in 2005 and the DVLA "help line" raked in £2.3 million. The Home Office, the DTI, the Foreign Office, the Dept. of Education & Skills, the Dept. for Constitutional Affairs and DEFRA are also operating this scam.
   Some departments, our correspondent M.K. lists the Inland Revenue and the Pensions Service, use the 'soft premium' 0845 numbers, which cost ntl customers 5p/minute on a landline from October 2006 – plus the rip-off connection charge.

Recycling Tax, Failure to RecycleAugust 2004 The government is planning to fit scales on all refuse control vehicles. All unsorted rubbish the stuff that doesn't go in one of the recycling bins/bags will be weighed and the householder will be charged an appropriate additional fee for removing it.

Repeat Prescription Tax • Prescriptions last only 56 days now. Previously, they lasted up to 112 days – so costs for some people have doubled. The logic, apparently, is that people often don't take all of their tablets; BUT it still means that those who do have doubled costs. And it means twice the work for hard-pressed GPs. [with thanks to our correspondent S.M.]
September 2005 Our correspondent M.K. adds: "I was recently prescribed a new drug by my doctor who, when asked if he could supply me with 2 months worth, said that NICE guidelines prevented this. In other words, I will have to pay for 2 prescription charges instead of 1 per 2 month cycle. I call this a really stealthy tax increase."

Road Tax • Is consistenly raised above the rate of inflation.

Savings Credit Tax : Pensioners with a low income and modest savings receive a savings credit on every pound of income between the basic state pension and the guaranteed minimum pension (currently £114.05 per week). Chancellor Gordon Brown is planning to increase the basic pension in future years but use fiscal drag to reduce the amount awarded as the savings credit. As a result, pensioners on low incomes can expect to see their total pension drop in the period between 2007 and 2050.

Showroom Tax : Announced in the March 2008 Budget as a Green Tax, it will add up to £950 to the price of the least fuel-efficient vehicles while doing nothing for the environment, as it is just another Stealth Tax needed to fill part of the Brown Hole in the nation's finances.

Small Sailing Craft Tax • A registration fee on all previously unregistered small sailing craft as an 'anti-terrorism', cash-raising wheeze.

Soot Tax • In some Fire Brigade areas, anyone who has a chimney fire, and who can't produce a Certificate of Chimney Sweeping issued by a member of the National Association of Chimney Sweeps, will be charged a call-out fee.

Speed Camera Tax • The money raised from them is either used to buy more cameras or paid to the Treasury. As the government has no intention of removing cameras from sites where the death and serious injury rate rises after the camera is installed, it is obvious that speed cameras are there to raise revenue by stealth rather than to improve road safety.
February 2005 The revenue from speed camera fines in 2003/4 was up 63% compared to receipts in 2002/3.
August 2008 The revenue from speed camera fines was £106.4 million in 2006 compared to £28.5 million in 1997.

Stakeholder Pension TaxNovember 2004 Having stolen £5 billion per year from pension funds every year since 1997, the Chancellor is planning to make employer contributions to its stakeholder pensions compulsory, which will cost the country an estimated £22 billion per year and constitute a Stealth Tax on jobs.

Stamp duty • The rate of this tax has been pushed up since 1997 but the thresholds have been maintained at unrealistic levels, given the large increases in house prices. The lowest threshold was a mere £60,000 until the 2005 Budget, when it was raised to £120,000. The increase in the £2006 Budget was a paltry £5,000 to the present rate of £125,000.
In 2007, the rates are:
 • No tax on house sales up to £125,000
 • 1% on houses valued at £125,000 to £250,000
 • 3% on houses valued at £250,000 to £500,000, and
 • 4% on houses valued at over £500,000.
   The Halifax bank has calculated that if the thresholds had been raised in line with the rise in house prices since 1997, the £250,000 threshold would be £680,000 and the £500,000 threshold would be £1,360,000.
   Compared to 2001, the Chancellor thieved an extra £2.5 billion from house sales in 2006.

State Second Pension Tax 1 : The government is planning to limit the amount paid out as the State Second Pension (S2P) but not the amount raked in as National Insurance contributions. At present, NI collected on income up to £34,000 counts towards the S2P. New Labour plans to collect NI at the same rate on income above this threshold, but not provide further pension benefits in return. Thus all contributions above the S2P threshold will become just another Stealth Tax.
State Second Pension Tax 2 : At present, people have the right to contract out of the S2P and have the NI contributions paid into a private pension. Gordon Brown intends to abolish this concession.

Tax-free savings • The upper level for savings which can be made in each year has been reduced relentlessly. The limit for PEPs/TESSA was £12,000 (£9,000 for PEPs and £3,000 for the first year of a TESSA). They were replaced with the ISA and an annual limit of £7,000, now reduced to £5,000. And PEPs and ISAs can no longer recover the tax credit on UK dividends.

Time Limits • The time limits for paying many fines, e.g. those for speeding and parking, have been drastically reduced. As a result, the government is taxing more people with its increased ranges of fines and also extracting charges for late payments. [Thanks to V.M. for this one.]

Utility charges • The prices of gas, electricity, water, public transport, the BBC licence fee, etc. are all being allowed to soar above the rate of inflation.

VAT • Every time the government raises the duty on tobacco, fuel, vehicles, etc., there is always VAT to pay on top.

Vehicle Insurance Premium Tax • In 1999, the law was changed to let NHS trusts reclaim treatment costs from motor insurance companies in cases where fault had been established and compensation paid. Insurance premiums have risen by at least £5 per year to pay for the charging regime.
   Before 1999 hospitals could only recoup £21 from road accident victims towards the cost of their treatment. The 1999 act set fixed rates of more than £400 per day for patients who were not admitted, and more than £500 for those forced to stay in hospital.
   In March 2004, the rates were raised, allowing hospitals to recover up to £34,800 per case. As a result some major hospitals are now claiming more than £500,000 a year from insurance companies. In effect, patients are now paying twice for the NHS – through both taxes and increased insurance premiums.

Vehicle Recovery Tax • At the time of writing (May 2007), motorists have to pay £105 to recover stolen and broken down vehicles, which the police have taken into custody. The government is planning to increase this tax by 45% to £150. Worse, the rate charged for vehicles stored by the police, currently £12/day, will rise to £20/day inside the M25 circle, and £15/day outside the M25 circle.

Vehicle Registration TaxSeptember 2004 An annual registration fee of £4.50 per year for all cars whether or not they are on the road.

Vehicle Tracking TaxMay 2005 In exchange for cuts (not abolition) in fuel tax and the cost of the road fund licence, motorists will have to pay several hundred pounds to have their vehicle fitted with a tracking device, which will record where they go using a satellite navigation system. They will then have to pay (monthly?) anything from 2p/mile on rural roads to £1.34/mile for inner London.
   The scheme will cost £3 billion per year to run and the government is lying about it already, saying it will be 'revenue neutral'. At present, Britain's motorists pay £40 billion/year in taxes, of which only £6 billion is spent on the road network.

'Victims of Domestic Violence' TaxApril 2007 Motorists and anyone else fined in a court will have to pay a surcharge of 15 to a fund 'to help the victims of domestic violence'. None of the cash will go to actual victims in the form of compensation. The money will go to counsellors, lawyers and court officials. Violent criminals, if sent to gaol, will not have to pay this stealth tax.


Local Council Taxes

Council Tax : The government has a stealth policy of cutting grants to local councils while giving them more to do, and thus loading council tax as a means of keeping income tax rates artificially low. By 2006, Council Tax had doubled since 1997 and the arrival of New Labour.
July 2004 The government has ambitions to set a Council Tax rate in excess of £6,000. Paying a rate support grant, or its equivalent, has always been a headache for central government. Which is why this one is planning to make councils raise most of their revenue locally and just apply modest 'top ups'. The plan is also a cynical exercise in putting cash into the pockets of Labour voters at the expense of Tory voters. Anyone who has been living in the same house for decades while neighbouring properties change hands at crazy prices will have to give up their friends and move to somewhere cheaper.
January 2005 The latest adjustments to the Council Tax will see homes in traditional Tory areas pushed into the next higher band while those in traditional Labour-supporting areas will remain largely in the same band.

Asylum Seeker Tax : February 2005 The Government promised to pay local authorities the cost of looking after asylum seekers but it has failed to pay out the cash. As a result, the councils affected will have to add what amounts to an Asylum Seeker Tax to their bills. In Kent, for instance, this will mean a Council Tax rise of 3.7% on top of the next planned rise to bridge the gap.

Complaint Processing Fees : Home owners can now complain to their council if a neighbour refuses to trim leylandii hedges over 2 metres tall. But the council will charge a fee for dealing with the complaint varying from £20 to as much as £550 in South Glamorganshire. The amount of the fee will be what the council thinks it can get away with rather anything much to do with the real cost of the work.

Conservation Area Tax : £600 on Council Tax for everyone who happens to live in a conservation area. This is another of the 'value significant' codes being added to the computer model for the coming Council Tax revaluation exercise for England & Wales.

Council Employee Pension Tax : May 2005 £20 per year will be added to Council Tax bills to meet shortfalls in over-generous local government pension plans.

Drinks Licence Processing Tax : August 2005 The government made the form for applying for a new-style drinks licence so complicated that applicants put off filling them in. The fee for the new licence was also set high enough to encourage applicants to file at the last minute.
   As a result, the licence processing departments of local councils have been overwhelmed and the global cost of issuing new-style drinks licences will be £20-30 million per year for the next 2 years.
   The extra cash will have to be raised via an increase in Council Tax if the government fails to allocate additional support, and/or general taxation if the government refuses to re-allocate cash within existing budgets.

Grave-Robbing Tax : July 2006 Buried under the cover of the World Cup coverage, the Communities Sec. has sneaked out a new rule allowing local councils to seize inherited properties if they are still empty 6 months after the death of the owner. The council will have the right to break into the house, carry out alternations/refurbishment, and let it out as social housing.

Home Improvement Tax : June 2005 Home improvements have not been included in previous Council Tax revaluations but, on the orders of Deputy Prime Minister John 'Two Jags' Prescott, they will be included in the revaluation exercise which will set C-Tax bills for 2007. The list includes loft conversions, conservatories, extra bathrooms, summer houses, sheds, swimming pools, garden areas converted for off-street parking and anything else the tax-gatherers can think of. All of the above should have been reported to the council's planning department for permission. Anyone who dared to improve their home without permission will be hit with a massive fine in addition to the H.I. Tax.

Hooligan Tax : £10 or more on the annual Council Tax bill to pay for sorting out the extra incapable and violent drunks wished onto the streets by New Labour's 24-hour drinking culture.

House Name Tax : February 2006 At the time of writing, 9 councils in Wiltshire and Somerset are charging a fee of £80-£160 for registering a name for a house or re-registering the house with a different name.
   When the next council tax revaluation process eventually happens, every council in the land will join in, classing a name applied to a house with other added-value elements such as a conservatory, a nice view and convenient access to public transport or another amenity.

Landfill Tax : In 2009, this tax adds £50 to every Council Tax bill, the Treasury collects £1 billion per year via this stealth tax now, and the take has doubled since 2004.

Licensing Tax #1 : An unspecified increase in Council Tax to pay for the cost of processing extra applications for drinks licences and the cost of inspecting licensed premises to enforce the new rules associated with New Labour's 24-hour drinking culture.
Licensing Tax #2 : The drinks licence for licensed premises, which used to cost £10 per year, will cost £1,905 for the first year under the new rules and £1,050 per year to renew.

Location Supplement : November 2005 The government's plan to revalue properties in England for Council Tax purposes will include a computer-generated premium based on the dwelling's 'extras' and location. If the computer thinks the house has a view of the sea, a park or other open space, a lake, mountains, etc., then the owner will be charged more C-Tax.
   Anyone with a conservatory, a large patio, a swimming pool, tennis courts, more than the average number of bedrooms or a big garden will suffer the same fate. As will anyone living in a 'quiet' area or near facilities such as tennis courts, a swimming bath, a golf course, etc.

New Legislation & Ageing Population Tax : January 2006 Councils in England need an extra 2.8 billion to cover the cost of new legislation from Whitehall and the needs of an ageing population. The government is offering 600 million more; over half of this sum is needed for pensions and one-quarter is aimed at asylum seekers; which leaves a deficit of 2.2 billion. This is the equivalent of a 10% rise (100) in the average annual council tax bill.

Parking, Car Parks : The cost of using local authority car parks has risen 51% since 1997.
Parking, Residential Parking Permit Charges : As a result of the government's failure to solve congestion, people are being charge for parking in front of, or close to, their own homes.

Road Works Tax : Utility companies will have to pay fines if roadworks overrun and if they fail to give enough notice of plans to dig up roads. They will also have to pay extra charges for a road works licence if the road was dug up in the previous 5 years. The fines and charges will go to the Government and local authorities, and the utility companies will recover these extra costs from their customers – Britain's householders. The estimated cost is £50 per year per household.

Rebanding, i.e. working out a new value for each house (in 2007), will result in one-third of households in England paying hundreds of pounds more in Council Tax. This Stealth Tax will raise an extra £2 billion per year from 2007 despite New Labour's pledges that it will be 'revenue neutral' and the winners will balance the losers.

Skip Tax : People can park a car in front of their house in side streets and designated parking areas, but if they put a skip in the road, that's £10 for the council, thank you very much.

Street Litter Control Notice Tax : The Department of the Environment is drawing up a plan which will let councils slap £110 penalty notices on businesses which fail to clean up litter left outside their premises; litter which local councils have been paid to remove via business rates. This penalty is in addition to £80 fines for the people dropping the litter, if caught.

Transport Infrastructure Tax : Our correspondent J.E. reports that:
"Dorset County Council/Purbeck District Council have introduced a policy where householders applying to develop their homes, not only have to pay the normal planning fees, but are required to make 'contributions' (i.e. not a tax) towards:
* General 'Transport Infrastructure Provision'(policy MN21) and
* Transport Improvement to the A351 (policy SS12)
For a relatively small extension to one bed-cottage, making it 2-bed plus a study, this 'contribution' amounts to 1,317.00
See and
Housebuilders will get stung for thousands of pounds per house, raising the price of new housing."

Vehicle Length Tax : January 2008 Councils which charge people for parking a vehicle outside their own home will allowed to increase this stealth tax for longer vehicles on spurious environmental grounds. The tax will stay the same for vehicles of length 12' 10" or less, it will rise by 50% for vehicles of length 12' 10" to 14' 7" and double for vehicles longer than 14' 7".

Wheely Bin Delivery Tax : January 2008 Anyone who needs a new, or replacement, wheely bin is banned from making a do-it-yourself collection from a council depot under 'elf & safety regulations. Which means that the lucky customer will have to pay a £60 delivery charge into the council's coffers.

New Labour, new ways to take money off you!

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