Letter: Childcare tax breaks

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The Independent Online
I WAS delighted to read about your campaign for tax breaks for working mums. I chose to go back to work after my daughter was born two years ago, both for financial reasons and because I enjoy my job. But it is very frustrating to do so and realise that by the time you have paid for childcare you might almost be better off not working at all. It seems grossly unfair to me that you are taxed on the money you earn and then have to pay someone else's tax for the "luxury" of going back to work.

It is about time that this country and government woke up to the fact that the family is the cornerstone of a civilised society, and stopped punishing women, in particular, and families, in general.

JULIA WILLIAMS

Epsom, Surrey

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