It is important to understand how much tax you have to pay. If you do not pay enough tax, then you get fined or even be put in prison. However, some of us just do not have the time to learn lots about it or feel that we are capable.
However, there are ways to make sure that you are paying the right amount of tax without having to understand all about it. If you are employed and you are paying tax on your investments (apart from tax free ones such as premium bonds and ISA;s) then you do not need to worry. It is likely that your tax levels are correct. However, if you have income from pensions, renting out property or are self employed, then things may get more complicated.
If you are worried that you are not paying enough tax, then you can get help. If you can afford an accountant, then they will be able to help you with that. However, if you cannot afford one, then it is possible to get help elsewhere. You can go to the citizens advice bureau or the local tax office and they will be able to help you. They will be able to look at all of your sources of income and see whether you need to complete a self assessment tax return or not.
It is a good idea to try to understand the ins and outs of tax if you can. It makes it easier to understand whether you should be paying it and how much you should be paying. If you do not understand tax, then you cannot get away without paying a fine. Ignorance is no excuse as far as breaking the law goes and so it is extremely wise to learn about it. Even if you use an accountant, it is still your responsibility to pay your bills and so if they make a mistake or do not remind you to pay a tax bill on time, then it will be you that faces the consequences and not them. It is therefore wise to know the basics at least and it is not really that difficult to grasp. Even the inland Revenue website is pretty straight forward to understand. It might seem a bit dull, but it could save you a lot of stress in the future so it is worth learning about it.