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An overview of taxation in the UK
on 2 August 2012
This 200+ page book will not comprehensively address many tax issues which, presumably, readers are buying it for. It's a relatively superficial overview of pretty much all personal taxation regimes from pensions to savings, to PAYE, to Stamp Duty and VAT. The book is laid out in accessible way - in the sense that it's not crammed full of text, instead having large bold blue titles, or white on blue titles, boxes offering tips, others directing readers to web sites etc. All this means that there is even less space for any detail but nonetheless because it is so wide ranging you will find something new.
If you are new to UK taxation then this book may well be for you. If you have a specific set of queries, the book probably won't provide sufficiently comprehensive information to meet your needs. It might direct you to a Which web page, or a HM Government Revenue and Customs site, but in practice Google will probably get you to the same place. You might also be better off with a website as the government continues to develop taxation policy on the fly no longer confined to the Budget or Autumn Statement. This seems to be particularly the case at the moment as the balancing act between economic growth and deficit reduction measures goes on.
So in conclusion, for a small group of people this book will be very useful. For most it will confirm what you already know and you'll find out a bit about taxes that are a little more obscure. If you've got a detailed question you likely won't find the answer here.