“…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”— Benjamin Franklin
Start screaming and shouting. If the good citizens of the United Kingdom didn’t have enough tax to pay on their salary already. what with income tax and national insurance contributions, a new tax law has been introduced.
This means that people will have less money to spend. This will result in people being unable to by a new car every year that depreciates quicker than the Titanic sinking. This results in people being unable to buy a second TV for the shed. This means that people can only go on holiday three times a year.
Tax, how we do so hate you when we look at our payslip every month.
And now a new tax, which, would you believe, doesn’t even get taken from our gross salary, but our net salary!
This tax was introduced by the American motivational speaker, Tony Robbins, of all people. He doesn’t even work for the UK government.
So here’s how the tax works. From your gross salary the UK government tax a percentage for income tax, either 20%, 40% or if you’re doing really well 45%. Then they take national insurance contributions at 12% and then 2%. These taxes goes to frivolous things like hospitals, schools, fire departments, police stations, rubbish collectors.
Then Tony Robbins’s tax gets introduced. Mr Robbins says once you pay all your government taxes you’re left with your net salary. With this money you need to pay all your expenses and buy lots of consumer junk you don’t really need, like the ninth pair of jeans. But, Mr Robbins says, before you pay your expenses and buy junk, why not pretend you’re getting taxed again and save 20% of your net salary?
Who does he think he is? Taxing our hard earned money and stopping us from buying fidget spinners and singing fish. And what pray tell does Tony recommend we do with this 20% net salary tax? He only wants us to go and invest it in a low cost index fund. I like Vanguard by the way.
So let’s put that to the test just to prove that this is once again another tax that’s eating our hard earned money when we could be spending it on the third Chinese takeaway this week instead.
£1,000 is our net salary.
£200 is the dreaded Tony tax.
£2,400 is the yearly amount we’d get taxed. Disgusting.
£12,000 is the 5 year amount we get taxed. Horrendous.
£24,000 is the 10 year amount we get taxed. Lord have mercy.
So after 20 years the Tony tax would have taken £48,000 of our net salary. And that’s if we never receive a pay increase in 20 years. If we did, he’d tax even more!
Oh, and I forgot to calculate that he wants us to invest it rather than letting it die a death in our minute interest savings account. Let’s look at an 8% return and see how much our taxed money would grow to.
£1,000 is our net salary remember.
£200 is the dreaded Tony tax.
£2,486 for 1 year in the stock market.
£14,588 is the 5 year amount we get taxed.
£36,024 is the 10 year amount we get taxed.
£113,799 is the 20 year amount we get taxed.
I decided to look at the 40 year amount, just to really get riled up. Do you know that it would be £644,215. That’s well over half a million pounds. Almost two thirds of a million!
That Tony tax would live in a stocks and shares ISA, which for once, is tax free… So, £644,215 would be ours, tax free… Oh. Right. Maybe this Tony tax isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Okay, I’m on board. I’m a believer.