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Campaigners call for clarity on the treatment of couples in the tax system

18 June 2015

There is no doubt that society has changed dramatically over the last few decades, but the country’s tax and benefits system seems to have struggled to keep up with this change, acccording to LITRG chairman Anthony Thomas.

He added that in the case of a married couple recently separated, there are different rules that apply to them for eligibility for the new marriage allowance; how long they can continue to transfer assets between them free of capital gains tax and how long transfers between them are exempt from inheritance tax. It may also be difficult for them to prove a date of separation to determine when they could make separate claims for tax credits.

"Complexity can lead to mistakes on claims forms and this can have devastating financial consequences,” he said. The charity is calling for improved guidance from both HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions, along with a wide-ranging review of legislation and practice to achieve consistency in the definition and treatment of couples.

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