... quite literally. Today I made the '1st payment on account due for the year 2004-05' on my income tax. I always file my tax return well in advance of the 30th September deadline, so all I have is to do (apart from coughing up!) is to verify that the Inland Revenue calculation is accurate - for the last few years the inaccuracies that plagued the early years of 'self assessment' seem to have largely disappeared, I am pleased to report.
Of course I can't relax for too long - the next self assessment form will drop on my mat sometime around 9th or 10th April and the 2nd payment on account for 04/05 will be due by 31st July. All very necessary to help allow Gordon and Tony to continue their undoubtedly (if I weren't too simple to understand) sound policies of income redistribution, so as a good citizen I pay up 'meekly'. Not that I have much of a choice, whether I am called a customer or a 'victim', in the words of Liberty Cadre.