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Taxing process

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08 November 2013

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From Canon Ian Tarrant

Sir, - When the online filing of income-tax returns was introduced more than ten years ago, I was not surprised to find that ministers of religion were not provided for. Why automate the special pages for a relatively small group of taxpayers, when the teething problems of a new system were still being sorted out?

Nevertheless, now that online tax returns are the norm, why are the clergy excluded? Surely it would be easier for HM Revenue and Customs, as well as for ministers, if those two special pages could be added to the system. I write, having spent a few hours trying to ensure that my "service benefit cap" calculations are correct. Who will speak to HMRC on our behalf?

IAN TARRANT
The Rectory, 8 Chelmsford Road
London E18 2PL

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