Ross readers back private schools losing tax status

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Tuesday 26th July 2022 6:00 am
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Gazette readers differ somewhat with UK adults on whether or not private schools schould be allowed to keep their charity status, which exempts them from paying a substantial number of taxes.

In a poll to readers, they were asked if UK private schools be exempt from tax, if they should do more to help state school to maintain that charity status, or if they should lose it.

Fifty-seven percent of survey participants said that private schools should lose their tax exempt status, with 21 per cent saying they should be able to keep it. Only seven per cent of readers said that private schools should do more to help state schools.

According to YouGov, 47 per cent of adults nationwide said that private schools should lose their tax exempt status, with only 12 per cent saying they should be able to keep it. Twenty-two per cent of UK adults said that private schools should do more to help state schools.

Currently, most private schools are registered charities, meaning they are exempt from or can claim back certain taxes.

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