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Falling short

Why none of the proposed ‘alternatives’ to the charity tax cap cuts the mustard, by Rhodri Davies

23 May 2012

The row over the big charity tax has barely been out of the news since Budget Day and continues to rumble on.

A recent poll commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) from market research agency ComRes, revealed that 65 per cent of coalition MPs believe that charitable giving should be exempt from the new tax cap measure. The Treasury has come out fighting though, publishing unprecedented figures on the amount of tax paid by the UK’s wealthiest individuals to support its arguments about the need to clamp down on avoidance (although as many have pointed out, these figures actually show that a very large proportion of wealthy people appear to be paying a healthy rate of tax).

Talking turkey

At the same time, there seem to be increasing signs that the government is willing to sit down with the charity sector and philanthropists to talk...

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