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Why did he stay?
29 September 2011
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I've had this thought in my head about George. Maybe someone will have an answer.

So as you know George wrote "Taxman" because he didn't like the government taking all his money. Completely understandable. Bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin (and probs more) went into tax exile and left England because of the high taxes on the rich. I was wondering, if George had such a problem with the taxes, why didn't he leave like the rest? With the Beatles broken up by the end of 1969 unofficially, he could have left the country and moved to India or something. But he stayed and kept paying high taxes.

Does anyone know why he stayed?

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29 September 2011
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Too hot in India? I don't know, actually...I've never really thought about it. Good question...

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29 September 2011
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I was going to say the same.. that's a good question.  Loyalty? a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

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29 September 2011
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One of the big things was Apple, which allowed them to escape paying quite such high taxes. George also invested a fair bit of his money, and capital gains are taxed less highly than income. Additionally, taxes started coming down over time. In 1979, Thatcher cut George's taxes on his income over £25,000 to 60%, and by 1988 it was down to 40%.

I think you have to remember that Britain was ultimately George's home. He had a lovely house in Henley and was around his friends and family. He could have saved some money by leaving the country, but I don't think he'd have been as happy in India or America or Switzerland.

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30 September 2011
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The Walrus said:

One of the big things was Apple, which allowed them to escape paying quite such high taxes. George also invested a fair bit of his money, and capital gains are taxed less highly than income. Additionally, taxes started coming down over time. In 1979, Thatcher cut George's taxes on his income over £25,000 to 60%, and by 1988 it was down to 40%.

I think you have to remember that Britain was ultimately George's home. He had a lovely house in Henley and was around his friends and family. He could have saved some money by leaving the country, but I don't think he'd have been as happy in India or America or Switzerland.

Ahhhhh okay. Apple was good for something. I guess this makes sense. Thank you! apple01

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30 September 2011
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The Walrus said:

I think you have to remember that Britain was ultimately George's home. He had a lovely house in Henley and was around his friends and family. He could have saved some money by leaving the country, but I don't think he'd have been as happy in India or America or Switzerland.

Excellent explanation, Walrus - thank you.

It makes perfect sense. Money means nothing if you are not happy. It seems wierd to say that about a guy who had more money than God, but it's still true no matter who you are.

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30 September 2011
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Zig said:

The Walrus said:

I think you have to remember that Britain was ultimately George's home. He had a lovely house in Henley and was around his friends and family. He could have saved some money by leaving the country, but I don't think he'd have been as happy in India or America or Switzerland.

Excellent explanation, Walrus - thank you.

It makes perfect sense. Money means nothing if you are not happy. It seems wierd to say that about a guy who had more money than God, but it's still true no matter who you are.

I don't know, Clapton seems pretty loaded. a-hard-days-night-george-10 Just kidding lol

 

But I guess it was all in George's character. If money meant something to him, he would have left. There was a bit more ego and pride in the bands I mentioned before as to why they had left. George was trying to stray away from them. Money really can't buy happiness.. or love.

 

Off topic: Where did the math problems go? Why am I posting this with no math?

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PennyLane said:

I don't know, Clapton seems pretty loaded. a-hard-days-night-george-10 Just kidding lol

 

Bahahahaha….a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

Hey, yeah, I don't have any math either. What is this???

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PennyLane said:

Off topic: Where did the math problems go? Why am I posting this with no math?

Joe mentioned in another thread he turned off the captcha feature on a trial basis. If we go relatively spam free, he might not have to bring it back.

If thing get spammy around here, he will introduce a new type of captcha. It wouldn't hurt to brush up on your knowledge of endangered languages.

Does anyone in here speak Bunuba?a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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1 October 2011
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Zig said:

PennyLane said:

Off topic: Where did the math problems go? Why am I posting this with no math?

Joe mentioned in another thread he turned off the captcha feature on a trial basis. If we go relatively spam free, he might not have to bring it back.

If thing get spammy around here, he will introduce a new type of captcha. It wouldn't hurt to brush up on your knowledge of endangered languages.

Does anyone in here speak Bunuba?a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

Thank you for answering that. Does Google translate know endangered languages? I would be relying heavily on it if Joe decides to use a captcha where I need to translate Latin.

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1 October 2011
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Though George was always fighting between living in the material world and the spiritually world, his heart was always to give and would always come back to what grounded him the most, his relationship with God.

I know they will talk about this in the documentary but he did mortgage his home to fund 'The Life Of Brian' and between that and the law suit for 'My Sweet Lord', his income was severely hit. The Anthology Series is what helped him recoup his money and he did love 'Friar Park'. He put a lot of work into fixing the castle and re-doing all the grounds. After he was attacked in 1999, he pretty much lived his last couple of years in Switzerland. I believe he was seeing a specialist there as well. 

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Wasnt George also ripped off by his Handmade Films partner and lost a fortune. In the end home is where the heart is and Georges heart was untimately in Friar Park, even tho he has houses all over the world, like in Hawaii.

Paul has kept his house in Cavendish Avenue and the farm in Scotland for decades too and hasnt moved to a nice tax haven.

Did Ringo not tho? I have this strange thought that he went to Monaco for a few years but came back. In fact Ringo even have a home in the UK anymore.

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I think Ringo spends most of his time in Los Angeles these days. I'm sure he has a UK house too though.

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