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Not too taxing,
This review is from: Tax 2010/2011 For Dummies (Paperback)
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Attempting to cut through the mysticism of a UK tax system burgeoning with regulation, sub-regulation and knotty complications, Tax for Dummies is a good starting point for the uninitiated which unfortunately glosses over some key basics which would really explode the shroud surrounding the subject of tax.
The chapters have been carefully planned and the illustrated examples are clear and well-thought out, including realistic lessons and 'what if your situation is the other way round' scenarios too. The language and tone used throughout are straightforward and clear, and I found that re-running the calculations yourself on a scrap of paper on one side helped to crystallise the logic in the sums and formulas presented.
Having said that, Tax for Dummies is not absolutely bomb-proof. The worked examples are OK if they accord directly with your own circumstances, but add in another party or change the dates the profit was made between and you're still not much wiser. There is also some assumed knowledge of terminology that, if you don't already know it, can ruin your understanding of even the more linear calculations.
With some application and dedication, Tax for Dummies proves itself to be a worthy companion on the road to achieving experience and understanding of taxation. But such is the complexity of tax in the UK that even with a Dummies-style approach there is still sufficient obscurity left over to mean tax advisers won't be going out of business any time soon.