2007 news

Published on 10 October 2007
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Today the HMRC Chairman is due to face the Public Accounts Committee to discuss progress in collecting the £3.9 billion of tax credit overpayments which were outstanding at 5 April 2007. LITRG wishes that as least as much attention were spent on understanding why such overpayments arise and how unfair it is to expect low-income families to repay some of this debt.

Published on 9 October 2007
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Alastair Darling was cautious in his first Pre-Budget address, and failed to redress the blow to low-income taxpayers delivered by his predecessor. Tax liabilities for those on very low incomes will rise next April because of the abolition of the 10% starting rate on earnings and pensions.

Published on 4 October 2007
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The Treasury published a consultation in June this year looking for ways to improve the Gift Aid system and so increase charitable giving across the UK. In its response, LITRG examined how Gift Aid could be altered to include non-taxpayers so ensuring that all citizens are recognised as making a contribution.

Published on 2 October 2007
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LITRG has responded to HMRC proposals to change how customers pay tax and its processes for tackling late payments. In our submission, we welcome some of HMRC’s suggestions to increase payment flexibility. However, we caution against increasing automation of tax collection without sufficient safeguards.

Published on 22 August 2007
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One in three people who are entitled to it do not claim council tax benefit (CTB) and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee has called for major reforms. The LITRG call for a rethink was endorsed by the Committee’s report

Published on 15 August 2007
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LITRG has submitted its response to the latest consultation by HMRC on what powers they should take and what safeguards taxpayers and tax credit claimants should be given. We are concerned that HMRC, in its desire to rationalise its processes for business, will once again forget the need to give appropriate help to the most vulnerable of its customers.

Published on 13 August 2007
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It may not be widely known that 2007 has been designated ‘European Year of Equal Opportunities for All’. At the same time there are significant changes afoot in the UK, with the establishment of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR).

Published on 10 August 2007
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Last month the Treasury Committee published a report on how well HMRC have cut back their resources following merger whilst maintaining the level of service provision. Significant progress is being made on staff reductions but much remains to be done to provide an acceptable customer service

Published on 16 July 2007
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It is essential that any system of taxation should be transparent, as simple as possible and related to the ability of the individual to pay. In our submission to an influential group of MPs, we argue that rebranding council tax benefit as a rebate would both help simplify the system and improve take-up.

Published on 12 July 2007
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The occasions when the taxpayer or tax credit claimant is required to contact HMRC are rising every day, and with fewer and fewer opportunities to pop in to your local Revenue office it means that the phone call is an unavoidable cost. A report from the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) supports LITRG’s appeal for a much fairer deal for the HMRC customer.