With Harry Redknapp in the news at the moment, we took a flick through his autobiography and found the following passage, where Redknapp talks about signing the striker Carl Richards for Bournemouth. An incredulous Redknapp was shocked to discover the player didn't know he had to pay income tax.
Carl turned out to be a massive success for us. Opposing defences couldn't handle him. But off the field he didn't have a clue. The first week he got paid he came to my office and accused me of fiddling him.
"You told me I'd be getting £250 a week but I'm only getting £190," he complained.
"That's your tax and stuff," I said.
He looked at me accusingly. "You didn't tell me anything about this."
"That's your income tax," I said, amazed. "Everyone in the country has to pay it. When you went to work before you joined us you must have paid tax, didn't you?"
Page 74 of Harry Redknapp: My Autobiography published in 1998 by CollinsWillow