I was recently sent this correspondence by occasional Troppo poster, and person of considerable knowledge about the tax and transfer system, Spog. Here’s what he wrote.
I haven’t bothered you in a while, so I thought it was time to send you something out of left field.
Two relatively recent discussions on Troppo seem to have come together in an unusual way. One is the tax-transfer system, and the other is the new version of Microsoft Office.
I have been looking at Average Effective Tax Rates (yawn) for couples and was interested in ways to display the interaction of two incomes on household AETRs. I gave the new Excel its head: chose a chart type, put all settings to auto (bar one), and ended up with something that is both difficult to comprehend (at first glance), yet oddly beautiful. An art form, rather than an analytical tool, perhaps?
I’ve attached three charts, in a powerpoint show, so you can see what I mean. Do look at them as a slideshow, for the full effect.
I may have to reassess my voting intentions on 24 November in terms of how pretty each party makes the tax-transfer system look using this presentation method.
And the pictures? They’re below the fold.