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Offline siasl

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Private schools
« on: 14 September, 2017, 11:41:14 AM »
What do folks think of the following two proposals?
a) VAT on private school fees
b) stricter rules on charitable status of private schools

Also, what percentage of your income taxes goes to fund state schools?

It smacks of triple charging to make private schools either/both add VAT to their fees and attempt to make them pay corporation tax. Firstly, parents using them will still be paying taxes that are used for the state schooling system, as well as paying from their hard earned, taxed, money to send their kids to private school - so to then effectively make the school charge at least 20% more (20% VAT plus sufficient to cover any corporation tax levied on notional "profits").

Thoughts?

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Re: Private schools
« Reply #1 on: 14 September, 2017, 02:42:13 PM »
What do folks think of the following two proposals?
a) VAT on private school fees
b) stricter rules on charitable status of private schools

Also, what percentage of your income taxes goes to fund state schools?

It smacks of triple charging to make private schools either/both add VAT to their fees and attempt to make them pay corporation tax. Firstly, parents using them will still be paying taxes that are used for the state schooling system, as well as paying from their hard earned, taxed, money to send their kids to private school - so to then effectively make the school charge at least 20% more (20% VAT plus sufficient to cover any corporation tax levied on notional "profits").

Thoughts?

Normally I'd say soak the rich! But this question has me divided. While I fervently believe that all schooling should be free and as excellent as state budgets can possibly make it, I also cannot see why people shouldn't spend "their hard earned, taxed, money to send their kids to private school" if they want to.

I know there are those who would argue that the mere sending of kids to private schools perpetuates the private school system and starves the state system - but I think a 'mixed economy' in education should lead to equality and competition.

However, that said, the idea of double-whammying parents with 20% higher fees due to imposing VAT and corporation tax is iniquitous. It seems more like something a totalitarian government would dream up.

I look at it this way: Some people prefer to pay inflated prices shopping at Harrods - that's their choice and they pay for it. Shopping for education should be exactly the same as  shopping for groceries or anything else. Political doctrine simply should not come into it and I do not see why Education has become a political football to be kicked around by politicians, most of whom seem to show zero sign of ever having learnt anything from their time at private schools.

As for what "percentage of your income taxes goes to fund state schools?" - I'd say not enough.

I say this because state schools are unlike private schools - if a private school wants to set up in business as a private school then it should recognise market forces and, like any other business, make a profit off its own bat and rely on its customers (ie parents). I cannot see why a private school should dole-bludgeon the government for subsidies. If private schools can't run their businesses properly they should not be in business. It's as simple as that.

PS I have to confess I don't know enough about "stricter rules on charitable status of private schools" so I will leave this to someone better placed to answer that part of your question.
« Last Edit: 05 October, 2017, 05:27:27 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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