Re: Weasels vs. transparancy / traffic cameras (& taxes)

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Tue May 23 2000 - 13:14:37 MDT

Mike Steven wrote:

> Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> >"...taxes on every TV and closet..."
> What is this "closet tax" you mention Mike? - I'm far from being an expert
> on our tax laws, but I don't recall anyone from the Inland Revenue coming
> round to count the number of cupboards in my house. Reminds me of an old
> tax here based on the number of windows a house had - which inevitably led
> to a large number of windows being bricked up. If there is a "closet tax",
> I'm sticking a chair in each of them and calling them small lounges :)

When I was in the Air Force, this was a widely commented upon thing for people
who were stationed at Lakenheath or elsewhere on the Isle (not to mention the tv
tax with the tv police). It seems as though houses are taxed on the number of
rooms they have, and closets are counted as rooms, which is why wardrobes are
such popular pieces of furniture over there (since if its furniture its not part
of the building), while they never really caught on here. I don't know if its
changed there since the 80's, but that was the gist of things.

Another thing they used to talk about was how stringent the vehicle inspection
regs were over there. Billy-Bob normally couldn't drive his pickup truck over
there, as little things like rust were much more frowned upon over there.

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