The so-called ‘socialist’ government in the UK have often been accused of using ‘tax by stealth’ in order to fund their ‘socialist agenda’. (stop laughing) It is entirely possible that New Labour learned this neat little trick from another socialist-run state, but if that’s so – it certainly wasn’t the French that inspired them.

But if ever you thought that income tax in France was extortionate you’d be wrong. Instead, they tax you in other ways. For example – I recieved a few ‘bills’ this week:

  • 2nd semestre’s Social Security contributions – ouch!
  • 3rd trimestre’s Health Insurance – double ouch!
  • Annual habitation tax – eeeeh!

I think you’d have to call it ‘tax by bitch-slap’?