2005 news

Published on 26 September 2005
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The Government envisaged its tax credits system as a flagship reform of the tax and benefits regime. Yet a series of highly critical reports from welfare rights and parliamentary bodies has shown up the unfitness of the flagship for the waters in which it aspired to sail.

Published on 12 September 2005
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For income tax self-assessors, 30 September is an important date, but not a deadline as such. For tax credits claimants, it is a deadline not to be missed. In this article we look at what it is useful to have done, and what must be done, by that date.

Published on 12 August 2005
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The Government Minister responsible for tax credits has now rejected the Ombudsman's recommendation that all tax credit overpayments that arose through official error during the first two years of the scheme should be written off.

Published on 10 August 2005
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Since April this year it has been possible to defer your state retirement pension, and when you do decide to claim it to take a lump sum in lieu. In order to decide whether to defer or take the pension straight away, you need to consider what effect either course of action will have on your tax liability and entitlement to state benefits.

Published on 10 August 2005
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Two recent cases on tax and human rights show the limitations of the Human Rights Act, enacted in the UK in 1998. The UK courts cannot use that Act to overturn laws properly enacted by Parliament, even if those laws are incompatible with human rights.

Published on 8 August 2005
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Recent efforts by the Government to improve the administration of the tax credits system include a 'streamlined procedure' for deciding disputes about whether overpayments should be recovered. Recent figures show that this streamlined procedure may already have benefited claimants.

Published on 6 July 2005
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This is a new section on the website covering a variety of issues including the initial contact by the Revenue, the stages of an enquiry, how to deal with specific types of tax and tax credit enquiries, negotiating a settlement and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Published on 4 July 2005
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The new department of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs owes a special responsibility to those who rely wholly or mainly upon the department for advice and explanations about their obligations and entitlements under the tax and tax credits systems.

Published on 4 July 2005
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Employers who provide generous sickness or maternity arrangements can, through no fault of their own, contribute towards tax credit overpayments of their employees. This is due to rules hidden in the small print of tax credits law and arises most often where generous employers have schemes that continue longer than the state provides.

Published on 30 June 2005
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It’s enough to be persecuted or tortured in your home country without having the forces of bureaucracy descending upon when you have fled for shelter to the UK. This is what is happening here to some refugees granted asylum when trying to deal with the Revenue and to be paid what they are due.