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Do you think childless couples should get a tax break? (10 replies)

GemmaRowlands
6 years ago
GemmaRowlands 6 years ago

If you think about it, there is a lot of money going into children's services. From money involved with the pregnancy and birth, nurseries and other childcare, school, college, university.. a lot of the money from that will come from the average taxpayer. How much? I'm not entirely sure, but it seems a little odd that so much should be taken for couples who don't want a child.

This is an issue that I have heard a few people talking about recently, and it made me wonder what other people think about it.

Personally I don't think there's too much of an issue but there are many who do! Which side are you on?

Nina
6 years ago
Nina 6 years ago

My answer is yes. For example, people who live alone qualify for a reduction in the amount they pay for their council tax. Why not apply the same logic to the tax system, it makes perfect sense. I suppose the counter argument could be that overall, those without children have more disposable income than those with children and so it will be morally wrong to make those with children pay more in taxes when the money could be used to look after the children. Having said that, having children is a choice that people make and with choice comes responsibility.

MattB
6 years ago
MattB 6 years ago

No I don't see a reason to give childless couples a tax break any more than giving a tax break to single people. Tax incentives should be used to subtlety shape a society. At times of declining population then there should be tax incentives to encourage people to have kids. And at times of increasing population tax incentives should be removed. In that case as the UK population is set to expand then there should be no tax incentives for people with kids although it not quite so simple in the UK where population growth is more fuelled by immigration.

Lucy Burrows
6 years ago
Lucy Burrows 6 years ago

I have to admit that this is never something that I've thought about, ever, but when you think about it - it makes sense. There are so many things that are geared towards children. The education system must take a lot of tax money. Yet those who don't have children will quite obviously never have to use it again! I think that it would be complicated to change the system, but it is a little unfair that people who have 10 children pay the same tax (typically less, as they may earn less to stay and be parents - not that I have anything against that of course) as those who have none.

Lucy
6 years ago
Lucy 6 years ago

But did our parents pay their taxes for our education and health care or are we paying off our education and healthcare now from our own taxes?

I think it is difficult, I don't see taxes as paying for other peoples children, I see it as I'm paying into the general pot. Whether that be to support a single person with no children who's struggling to find employment or whether it be a family who've come under hardship.

It is frustrating to see some families who have no intention of working but yet keep having children that we all care for because they can't themselves. What gets to me more than the financial aspect is the lack of ambition, the lack of wanting set an example to the children.

That is what irritates me the most.

Julez Fitzmond
6 years ago
Julez Fitzmond 6 years ago

Lucy, you make an interesting point. I suppose we might well be paying for our own gains from the system rather than that of our offspring. Certainly, it seems much better to think about it like that. But personally I don't think we will ever be able to have a system that everybody is happy with, and there will always be people who are paying for things that they never have to use.

Jack
6 years ago
Jack 6 years ago

I haven't really thought about it. The taxes are there and I just pay mine. I suppose that means it doesn't really bother me.

I agree with Julez though, there will never be a system where everyone is happy.

eeyorebob
6 years ago
eeyorebob 6 years ago

Oh tricky. There is no way we can please everyone with a tax system. I don't smoke or drive, so can I opt out of paying taxes for roads? no of course not. So I cant have children, I don't see why that should mean I don't pay for the eduction of the next generation - it's not my choice I cant have kids (nothing against those that make that choice btw, ) so why should I have the option to opt out?

Nina
6 years ago
Nina 6 years ago

you all make a good point here, particularly those who have mentioned that there will never be a system that will satisfy everyone. Yes I still believe that childless couples should get a tax break, however, I have also resigned myself to the fact that it might not happen.

Dawn Kells
6 years ago
Dawn Kells 6 years ago

I believe that there should be different levels of tax depending on the criteria that you fill in life. If you have a car you have to pay road tax, if you have a child you should have to pay for the resources that they will use (NHS, education etc) until they are 18 and able to pay for it on their own. I don't think it should be all that high, but a little bit per child would help to lessen the debt that this country is in because of the current failing system.

eeyorebob
6 years ago
eeyorebob 6 years ago

Ok, but I don't see how that could be "policed" after all, everyone uses the NHS - so should we tax smokers and drinkers more because they are more likely to use the NHS than a non smoker. What if there are no jobs for the 18 year olds to go to then how can they be earning money to pay this tax? Should animal owners pay more per animal as the animals poo places (and some owners dont pick it up) - I really don't see how it could possibly work

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