Tax System Discriminating Against Children?

The UK imposes some of the highest taxes on a family with children and one working parent in the world. A pre-Budget report shows the UK average family with children in 2012 were taxed at 20% of gross income. Compared to the EU average of 15.1% or OECD at 13.8%. The figures make grim reading. But as a tax barrister I don’t agree with the report’s authors, a Christian charity, in the analysis of how this has happened. It seems to me UK governments have responded in the tax system to the UK as a multi-cultural, multi-faith/philosophy and multi-lifestyle society. The problem seems to be that governments in being fair to the more powerful and vocal lobby groups, with votes, push children down the special interest pecking order.

Eamon McNicholas
Tax Barrister, Accountant

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