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Tax Exemptions: Religious Believers

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what legal advice his Department has sought on whether allowing tax exemptions for certain religious believers establishes a legal precedent which would enable other religions to seek exemptions in the future. (109719)

While the detailed content of any legal advice on tax matters is subject to legal professional privilege and cannot be disclosed, it is the considered view of this Government that trying to limit access to ASPs to religious groups could lead to legal and operational difficulties. As the Government concluded in “The Annuities Market”, published on 6 December 2006, any attempt to limit the availability of ASPs to particular religious groups would be impractical.