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MPs pay no tax on second home allowance

It has been revealed in the weekend press that MPs in the UK have managed to secure an extension from taxation on the significant benefits they are able to claim from the UK taxpayer. Using a little known law from the 1970s, which was passed by MPs themselves, it has been revealed that MPs do not pay any taxation on expenses received in the line of duty.

This is in direct contrast to the significant and ever increasing taxation burden on the UK population which has pushed many to the point of financial ruin. Those who work in an environment where employment perks and expenses are claimed will be well aware of the more traditional tax liabilities incurred. Quite how MPs have been able to supersede the general taxation laws for the UK population is something of a mystery although many believe the benefits system on which today's claims are based is well out of date and was not introduced to cover the level of benefits being claimed today.

The recent publication of MPs expenses over for last few years has caused severe embarrassment across the whole political spectrum and in many ways has forced the issue of expenses in general to the discussion table. While the general trend seems to be towards a significant reorganisation of the system it will be up to UK taxpayers and various pressure groups to ensure promises made by political parties are followed through.

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