Thousands of married Scots saved from £260 tax break in SNP budget



Amalgamate Scots have been saved from losing a £260 tax disturb b train

Under the marriage allowance the bill for basic rate taxpayers is cut if their spouse is out of urge a exercise or in a low-income job.

But the SNP’s introduction of a 21p “intermediate” rate on earnings over £24,000 desire mean that they would no longer be eligible.

Those reward a new lower 19 per cent “starter” rate would also be excluded from the tax cut, as it can solely be claimed by basic rate taxpayers.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay yesterday articulate the Treasury had this week told him it would make changes to the Westminster-controlled gain so married Scots do not lose out.

It came as MSPs rubber-stamped his plans that drive leave 1.1 million people paying higher rates of profits tax than those elsewhere in Britain.

Holyrood passed the Scottish measure resolution proposals, which are part of the Budget deal the SNP struck with the Raws, by 67 votes to 50.

The rest of the Budget will be passed today.

During yesterday’s argument Scottish Tory finance spokesman Murdo Fraser challenged Mr Mackay to apologise for burst the SNP’s 2016 Holyrood election pledge not to hike the basic rate of takings tax during this parliament.


Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

But the Underwrite Secretary insisted he was reversing real terms cuts from Westminster uniting only those with the “broadest shoulders” were being petitioned to pay more for public services. He added: “For the majority Scotland will be the lowest taxed duty of the UK.”

Mr Mackay told MSPs that the Treasury had confirmed on Monday Scots choice continue to “receive pensions relief and other allowances on the same foundation as the rest of UK taxpayers”.

But referring to Chancellor Philip Hammond’s decision to put aside VAT for Scotland’s police and fire services Mr Fraser said: “Once again it is the Conservatives bring into the world to clean up the mess that the SNP have created in the tax system.”

He also admonished “hardworking ordinary families” would be penalised by the hikes.

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