JEREMY Corbyn was accused of lying to voters today after claiming his plans to scrap the marriage tax allowance was not a tax hike.
In another car crash interview the Labour leader again insisted that only the top 5 per cent of earners will pay more tax under his hard-left agenda to raise £83 billion a year.
But up to 4.2 million married couples face losing £250 a-year from Mr Corbyn’s pledge to scrap the marriage tax allowance if he wins power in next week’s election.
Grilled about the policy on the Ridge on Sunday show on Sky News today, Mr Corbyn claimed: “We’re not raising tax.”
He insisted: “It’s not a tax rise, there are no tax rises for 95 per cent of the population.”
But the leftie leader then appeared to accept the move would hike tax as he defended his policy to remove the married tax allowance because it would “bring about equality” with couples who aren’t married.
Mr Corbyn added: “That is £250 for a married couple at the moment which doesn’t give the same advantage to an unmarried couple.”
Senior Tory Mark Francois fumed: “Jeremy Corbyn insists no-one earning under £80K will pay more tax under Labour – unless of course you’re married, in which case you lose that allowance, so of course you do.
“It looks like he’s been taking maths lessons from Diane Abbott again.
“It’s blatantly misleading stuff like this which has persuaded even numerous Labour MPs to warn that Jeremy Corbyn isn’t fit to be Prime Minister.”
The marriage tax allowance allows married couples and those in civil partnerships to transfer up to £1,250 of their personal allowance to their partner – allowing them to save up to £250 per year.
The tax break is currently claimed by about 1.8 million couples but official figures suggest around 4.2 million are eligible.
Millions of Brits also face being clobbered by plans to close the £2,000 tax free allowance on dividends and the £12,000 tax free allowance on capital gains.
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