Government promises tax breaks for married couples
Writing to fellow Tory MPs, the MP for South West Hertfordshire said:
“The Prime Minister and Chancellor have consistently made clear that we remain committed to recognising marriage in the tax system. I know that many of you will have heard the Chancellor set out his commitment to deliver on this during the course of this parliament. An announcement on details of how we will legislate for this in this parliament will be made by the Chancellor in due course.”.
The tax break would allow wives or husbands of spouses who are not working to transfer a portion of their tax free allowance to their spouses. The government’s failure to implement a tax break for married couples has been a bone of contention with some Tory MPs who have put pressure on the cabinet to introduce the measure.
According to a report in the Telegraph, Mr Gauke’s letter was an attempt to ward off a possible rebellion over the issue, as tomorrow’s Spending Review by Chancellor George Osbourne is unlikely to contain any tax relief for families.
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