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The Tax Maker and the Pockets of the Poor

 
Robin Williamson Technical Director of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group brings us up to date on the work of the Group
 
'I wish [the tax maker] would consider the pockets of the poor as sacred and that to tax people already so necessitous is but to discourage the little industry that is left to us by driving the laborious to despair.'
 
William Cowper letter to William Unwin about the new tax on candles 3 July 1784.
 
Thus the 18th century English poet tried to represent the interests of the poor lace-makers of his home town when the tax system bore down unfairly upon them. Times have changed and today we aspire to a 'progressive' system of taxation...

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