The Chancellor has promised to ‘very quickly’ consider whether workers given coronavirus tests by their employers should be taxed for the ‘benefit’. Rishi Sunak said he will look at whether Covid-19 tests count as a ‘taxable benefit in kind’. Mel Stride, Tory chairman the Commons Treasury Select Committee, urged the Chancellor to investigate this ‘as a matter of urgency’ as he said it could hit the pockets of frontline workers who are regularly tested. He added: ‘On HMRC’s website has recently appeared guidance suggests those who take Covid-19 tests as provided by their employer will have to treat the cost of those tests as a taxable benefit in kind – something which is very unfortunate in particular in respect of those frontline workers who may be involved.’ Mr Sunak said: ‘I’m delighted with him for raising this with me and of course we will look into it very quickly.’
A member of Labour for Democratic Socialism commented : it’s always from the people that create all new money, that the elites skim from. It’s a debt farm we live in, and the choice we get is for which branch of “crowncorp” we want to be indebted to.
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