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Taxing burden on award winners

Comment 7th July 2010

Currently recipient of an open entry award scheme is taxed on their award.  Whilst recipients of any invited applicant scheme are not.  So the fairer system is penalised. Given the amount of work commissioned by competition this is a relevant issues particularly for the creative industries and in our particular case the crafts. 

Why does this matter?

Because an open entry is much fairer and transparent than invited application and yet the award winner is penalised financially.

Craftspeople are not well paid and this is an additional burden on them which is unfair. Such schemes are usually aimed at early career practioners and therefore the burden is greater.

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