Thursday, Jul 06, 2006

Tax Credits Funding Property Boom in Eastern Europe

Daily Telegraph: Tax credits 'used by foreigners to buy homes abroad'

You couldn't make this stuff up. Eastern Europeans are claiming tax credits here to buy property back home.

Posted by Peter Argot @ 12:34 AM (563 views)
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1. sebastian said...

Perhaps I shouldn't disclose this but both my parents worked for the inland revenue and often made comments about how far out of the way we go to help foreign people (non english speakers) with their tax problems. They literally get translators for them and spend a lot of time explaining to them how the system works in their own language. Many of which had been told to come and claim the credits by their employers.

Now, I don't want to get into an argument about how much help we should give them etc but I find it interesting that their employers tell them how to milk the system as much as possible.

Thursday, July 6, 2006 09:56AM Report Comment

2. sebastian said...

Oh, I also loved the number of tax credits my girlfriend and I were able to claim when we first graduated and had fun trying to first start paying the bills. Yep, none what so ever.

Thursday, July 6, 2006 09:57AM Report Comment

3. Sloth said...

Saw this comment on

"Due to me working away from home, I'm renting a room in a house which is shared with a Polish bus driver.

The other day he asked me with help for an official letter.

It was about his child benefit - there was a doubt about it and they were writing to his wife in Poland to make sure he was sending her cash every week to support his child who was living in Poland with the said wife ...

I was surprised to say the least that the British Government would pay for a child living in a foreign country with its mother when the father was working here but I suppose I'm a bit behind the times on keeping up with the stupidity ..."

Thursday, July 6, 2006 10:34AM Report Comment

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