Press release: LITRG publishes coronavirus guidance on tax and related benefits
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation has published a new section of its website bringing together all of the Group’s tax and related benefit guidance relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Our guidance covers topics that are within the areas of expertise of our team of technical experts.
Our websites, while aimed primarily at those on lower incomes and unable to pay for tax advice, are widely used by people across the spectrum, including other tax professionals and third sector advisers. In 2019, there were just over 5.5 million visitors across the Group’s websites.
All media outlets are encouraged both to publicise the availability of the guidance to their readers / viewers / listeners and to draw on the guidance in their own work.
The main COVID-19 contents page on the LITRG website is here. Guidance currently on the site includes:
Guidance for employers
Guidance for employees
Guidance for the self-employed
- Self-employment and paying tax
- Self-employment income support scheme
- Help for businesses in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
- Illness or self isolation
- Work changes
Guidance for individuals
Guidance for families
- Accessing money in childcare schemes
- High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC): What to do if your income falls
- School closures – claiming state pension ‘babysitting’ credits
- Childcare support and benefits for children
- Volunteering and job opportunities
- Scams: please be vigilant!
- Dealing with HMRC during the coronavirus outbreak
We are working hard to ensure this guidance remains up to date – however those using it should bear in mind that things may change on a daily basis as the Government responds to the ongoing situation.
The GOV.UK website has the latest information about the Government’s response to coronavirus including the most up to date guidance about symptoms, steps to take to protect yourself or check if you need medical help as well as guidance individuals, employers and businesses.
Notes for editors:
The LITRG is an initiative of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) to give a voice to the unrepresented. Since 1998 LITRG has been working to improve the policy and processes of the tax, tax credits and associated welfare systems for the benefit of those on low incomes.
The CIOT is the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT is an educational charity, promoting education and study of the administration and practice of taxation. One of our key aims is to work for a better, more efficient, tax system for all affected by it – taxpayers, their advisers and the authorities. The CIOT’s work covers all aspects of taxation, including direct and indirect taxes and duties. The CIOT’s 19,000 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’, to represent the leading tax qualification.