Gays hit by tax inequalities

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A leading tax expert called yesterday for the Government to examine the "current inequalities" in the tax regime that penalise partners in a gay relationship.

Bob Rothenberg, a senior partner of Blick Rothenberg, chartered accountants, said: "If the Government's intention is to promote equality, then it should look to create tax equality too."

Currently, married couples receive a tax allowance equivalent to pounds 285 a year, but this is not available to gay couples. Mr Rothenberg said same-sex couples also lose out when it comes to inheritance tax.

"The Government has stated it will look at other aspects of the law to ensure equality between gay and straight couples. Perhaps it is time to start looking at again at tax equality for all people in long-term relationships."