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The one I like is the phrase "The state old age pension is tax free!"
When you delve into that statement you find that although you may not pay tax on your state pension, it does form part of your total income for tax allowances purposes.
What the government does is to make sure that the personal allowance is ALWAYS GREATER than your pension.
So they total your income/s and total all your allowances, and that means that your pensions, (which they always place first in the taxable income queue), falls within the allowances. So technically it is untaxed.
Now isn’t that great. Of course if they said that the OAP would not balance against allowances, that would make it really tax free, and we wouldn’t start paying tax until the total allowances had been offset against taxable income after the pension had been deducted.
It’s a wonderful world, ain’t it, when words can be so manipulated.
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