Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Benefits and Taxes

budgie_uk points out that the recent child benefit fuss isn't actually anything new.

Because taxes are applied to individuals, not households, but many benefits are means-tested the other way around - on households, not individuals.

This means that any couple where there is an earning disparity gets the worst end of the deal for both taxes and benefits.

Am I missing something, or is he? And would it make more sense for benefits and taxes to both be conducted on an individual or household basis? Or is it actually better to work them separately?
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