I am very pleased to see that Nick Clegg has spoken out about how stupid the Tories’ plans for marriage tax breaks are. He’s done that consistently over the last 3 years, most recently on last week’s Call Clegg LBC show.
What I’m not so chuffed about is the line put about by a “senior Liberal Democrat source” in today’s Times (£) which says that the Government couldn’t introduce a marriage tax break before we got to a tax threshold of £10,000.
Well, it’s guaranteed we’re going to get there anyway, as I showed way back in December. The legislation already exists to make sure it’ll happen without George Osborne’s help.
When our people are briefing the press on this issue, they need to reinforce Nick’s points about how silly it is to put up taxes for single people and people who aren’t married.
And, anyway, if the Government’s got half a billion a year going begging, then, I would suggest, there are plenty better uses for it. Sorting out the bedroom tax fiasco for a start…..
But, seriously, Nick has made a good case against marriage tax breaks. Let’s just stick with what he says without appearing to negotiate on the pages of the Times.
You don’t need the taxman to tell you whether you should get married or not,“And you certainly, I don’t think, need the taxman to tell you that you’re going to pay higher taxes because either you’re not in a relationship or you’re not married.