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Osbourne fleeces pensioners again! When will this cruelty end

From Huff Post today

Link http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/04/13/pensioners-get-fleeced-again-with-granny-tax-ii/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D104392

Pensioners get fleeced again with ‘granny tax II’
By Michelle McGagh, Apr 13, 2012

It’s common practice for details of the annual Budget to be leaked to the media in the month before but we’ve already been given a firm steer about what’s going to happen next March. Just a month after the 2012 Budget the government has said what it will be targeting and it won’t be pretty.

After making a big song and dance about I increasing the basic state pension, which has risen to £107.45 from £102.15 per week – the biggest ever one-off increase to the state pension – the government is planning to reduce it by changing the way the income is taxed.

All pension income is taxable, including the state pension (although many people assume it is not). If your pension income exceeds the personal allowance, which at the moment varies depending on your age but will be £10,000 for everyone from 2014/15, then you pay income tax. If a person relies solely on the state pension they usually don’t pay any tax.

At the moment pensioners receive the state pension without any tax deducted because thousands of people don’t qualify to pay income tax, those that do have a tax bill have to pay it through their tax return. But the government plans to change this and pay out the state pension with tax already deducted, meaning people will receive just £85.96 per week.

This will affect thousands of pensioners. The Treasury has said it won’t affect the amount of money that people receive in the long-term but could create short-term ‘cash flow issues’.

The government’s argument is that for those who have to file tax returns to pay their tax it’s very confusing. But the question is: won’t it be just as confusing for the thousands of pensioners who have to claim the tax back because their income doesn’t exceed the personal allowance and they aren’t liable for tax?

The Treasury is investigating the options at the moment and will report back to the chancellor in time for next year’s Budget, but the potential change is already being seen as another tax, and been dubbed ‘granny tax II’, following last month’s original granny tax.

Hitting pensions again after the granny tax debacle wasn’t a good idea politically but it’s even worse for elderly people who are already being hit by rising costs, low interest rates on savings and a freeze on their personal allowance.

Increasing the state pension last month was the right thing to do to try and ease the burdens pensioners are facing, taking that back through a complex tax move is a big mistake.



    Comment by jeffrey davies — April 14, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  2. Couldn’t agree more if you’re talking about the Tories and their glove puppets the lost deposits. They are doomed at the next local elections in May and the general which will follow especially if the Lost Deposits cave in after their council seats decline on 4th May

    Comment by dwpexamination — April 14, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

  3. England needs to waken up soon.The Tories are on a campaign to destroy the welfare state and pensions.They will rely on immigrants to fill those underpaid jobs and will alter terms and conditions of employment.Yes the really nasty party are in power and will push through new legislation quickly before the country votes for a new government.It is because of English votes that we have the nasty party in power.We Scots don’t vote for this party ever.

    Comment by Tommy — September 4, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

  4. Well the sooner it happens the better Tommy..!!

    Comment by dwpexamination — September 4, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

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