Following his recent and widely-reported criticism of HMRC, Adam-Hart Davis has been dropped as the TV figurehead for Self-Assessment.
In a Radio Five Live interview on the morning of 1 February, the organometallic chemist and former Tomorrows World presenter used the extended tax deadline to roundly criticise the UK tax system and the formation of HMRC itself.
Hart-Davis said the tax system was too complex, especially for the self-employed, and proposed that a single flat rate of tax would make life a lot easier for taxpayers.
"I would far rather everybody pay 30%, or there was one threshold: up to 20,000 you pay nothing, no allowances or second-order grab-backs," he said. "I think Gordon Brown would earn more tax if it were simpler, even if the rates were lower."
He also described the VAT sy...