Fine ex­am­ple

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

Aradical move in Is­rael this week could see work­ing moth­ers given po­ten­tially large tax breaks. Judge Ma­gen Al­tuvia of Tel Aviv Dis­trict Court ruled that women should be able to deduct their child­care ex­penses from their in­come tax, as they could be classed as busi­ness ex­penses. It is quite pos­si­ble that the change will not have a ma­jor im­pact given that child­care costs fre­quently ex­ceed women’s earn­ings. Ac­cord­ing to Ha’aretz news­pa­per, 60 per cent of Is­rael’s fe­male work­force does not earn enough even to reach the tax thresh­old. Nev­er­the­less — and al­though the gen­der wage dis­par­ity may di­min­ish the im­pact of this im­por­tant rul­ing — it is still a step in the right di­rec­tion. This is a move ahead of its time. The rest of the world should take heed and fol­low Is­rael’s ex­am­ple.

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