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History of UK taxation back to William Pitt, kings and wars

Max Cotton examines why we pay so much tax and how so many were introduce as he goes back to a time when those earning less than £60 a year paid nothing.

As Liberal Democrats want the poorest to pay no tax, and some Conservatives want the top 50p rate of tax abolished, Max Cotton explores taxation through the ages and speaks to tax historian John Whiting.

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  • 10 Feb 2011
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