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Israeli Women Demand Equality Under Income Tax Law; Ask to File Separate Returns

An Israeli women’s delegation today approached members of the Knesset with a demand for equal rights for women in relation to the new income tax law. The women insisted upon the right of married woman to file separate income tax returns, a feature which is not included in the law.

They pointed out to the deputies that a married woman who files a Joint return with her husband pays an inordinate amount of taxes. This state of affairs, they warned, would force married nurses and teachers to leave their jobs at a time when they are vitally needed in the national economy. The delegation won the support of the Mapam, but failed to enlist the aid of the Mapai and the Religious Front.