Kilkis wrote:............It is done to correct an anomaly. Take two couples. The first couple both work and both earn £11,000 per year after deducting National Insurance. They pay no tax because the tax free allowance of each is £11,000. In the other couple one goes to work and earns £22,000 after deducting NI while one stays at home. The person going to work would pay £2,200 tax. Both couples have the same gross income but a very different tax burden.
Kilkis wrote:..........I think the real reason for introducing this is that they want to have a measure that ostensibly encourages people to get married rather than to make the tax system more fair. The reason they want that is to placate some people within the Tory party who, for religious reasons, believe nobody should live together unless they are married. The same people would also be anti-gay but they had to include people living in a civil partnership or they would get massive protests of discrimination from the LBGT community.
SueA wrote:I received an email fom HMRC over a year ago asking if I would like to register for this. I wondered if it was a scam at first but it proved not to be. Maybe they started with people registered for self-assessment.
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