Tax lessons

Bill Dodwell considers the benefits of increasing public understanding of tax and compliance, and how to go about it

ducation about tax comes in multiple forms – perhaps at three levels. There is awareness of how a tax system is designed to raise money to support public services, influence behaviours and redistribute money to those in need. Often what is meant by tax education is closer to home: helping people to understand the choices open to them as different types of income and activities are taxed in different ways – and related compliance obligations. The most basic form of education must be around tax compliance: exactly what do we need to do to manage our basic tax reporting – whether as an employee or the additional complexities of managing a self-employed business.