What is income tax? –
Income tax is money that people have to pay to the government.
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When you make money, you have to pay part of the money you make to the government. There are lots of different rules about how much money you need to pay.
If you don’t pay your tax on time, you could get fined and have to pay more money. The government will usually help you to pay your tax.
People have to pay income tax on money they make from things like:
- Their jobs
- Renting out their house
- Selling things online
- Having a savings account
- Owning their own business
In really extreme situations where you don’t pay your tax, the government might do things like:
- Taking your possessions and selling them
- Take money from your bank account to pay what you owe
- Take you to court
- Close down your business
It is really important to understand the tax rules for where you live/work, so make sure to check your government website to find out what they are!
UK Tax Rules
Did you know? – Income tax was invented to pay for a war 🪖
Income tax was introduced in the UK in 1799 to help pay for equipment and weapons in the French Revolutionary War!
Nowadays it usually pays for a lot nicer things – like schools, fire, police services, and in the UK it helps pay for the National Health Service.
You can learn more about income tax on these websites –
Money Saving Expert Income Tax Calculator:
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