Foreign News: Long Faces

For the first time in their lives, some 2,000,000 Britons last week began paying income taxes. As stenographers, office boys and charwomen looked into their pay envelopes, from which the Government had deducted the tax, they found just what last April's tax bill meant to them.

When the new tax rates were announced (TIME, April 14) telephone operators and chauffeurs took comfort in the knowledge that a tycoon's income of $274,000 would shrink to $20,000. Until last week they had not realized that a married man earning $18 a week would pay $1.40 weekly tax, that an office boy earning $10 a...

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