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Beatles and the taxman

If you’re overweight I’ll tax your fat.

Touché, touché!

The Beatles sure knew how to get a point across in very few words. 🙂

Being from another country The Beatles didn’t write their famous song “Taxman” for April 15 in the United States, but it certainly still applies.

One of the lyrics in the song states, “There’s one for you, nineteen for me.” Did you know this is a direct reference to the fact that The Beatles were being taxed at the rate of 95 percent?

The Beatles’ large earnings placed them in the top tax bracket in the United Kingdom, liable to a 95% supertax introduced by Harold Wilson’s Labour government. (Source.)

Yep. Do the math. Divide one by twenty and you get a result of .05 aka five percent. The “one” in the song represents the money that The Beatles were allowed to keep!

Speaking of math, if you live in the United States the probability you’ll hear the song “Taxman” at least once before the end of the day is infinitely close to one-hundred percent. 🙂