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"Frankly, in 2020, it's an indefensible embarrassment"

Wednesday 12 February 2020

"Frankly, in 2020, it's an indefensible embarrassment"

Wednesday 12 February 2020

Taxation is set to be untied from marriages and made independent as part of the continued transformation of the Revenue Service.

While this move will see the tax system made gender neutral, it will also mean an extra 13,000 people in Guernsey will need to fill out a Tax Return each year.

The States said this shouldn't be a problem though, because of a new, more flexible, IT System that was being put in place.

"The current system of joint taxation for married couples is outdated and inequitable. Frankly, in 2020, it’s an indefensible embarrassment," Deputy Gavin St Pier, President of Policy & Resources, said.

"So I am delighted that the States of Deliberation made a decision a little while ago to implement independent taxation, in the knowledge that making the change will also align the rules around income tax with those around social security contributions, which are already gender neutral."

The aim of the move is to allow the overall revenue service to be made less complex, as it will now be able to be integrated with other parts of the system.

Deputy St Pier added: "The reason it has taken longer than I would have liked to sort this problem is whilst it is a simple policy change, it is very complex in practice so it’s much more cost effective to do it as part of wider change programme."

Pictured top: Deputy Gavin St Pier. 

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