George Harrison said, "'Taxman' was when I first realised that even though we had started earning money, we were actually giving most of it away in taxes. It was and still is typical." The Beatles' large earnings placed them in the top tax bracket in the United Kingdom, liable to a 95% supertax .  In a 1984 interview with Playboy magazine, Paul McCartney agreed: "George  wrote it in anger at finding out what the taxman did. He had never known before then what he'll do with your money."  The Taxman taketh.