2007 news

Published on 22 March 2007
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We welcome many of the recommendations of the Lyons Inquiry into Local Government presented yesterday which are intended to lower the council tax burden for people on low incomes.

Published on 22 March 2007
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Yesterday’s Budget may help some, including low-income families, who are caught by a little-known rule designed to counter inheritance tax avoidance, but which can also catch ordinary family arrangements entered into with no thought of escaping tax.

Published on 21 March 2007
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From April 2008, changes to the income tax and tax credit systems will benefit workers and pensioners on low incomes who are already targeted by the Government’s anti-poverty initiatives. However, those who are not so targeted – for instance, part-time workers without children – will be the losers from today’s announcements.

Published on 13 March 2007
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The Treasury Sub-Committee of the House of Commons will examine the Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo, Paymaster General, and HMRC officials on 14 March at 2.30pm, in a follow-up session on the administration of tax credits. The Sub-Committee has called for written submissions in preparation for that session. In response, LITRG has submitted two pieces of written evidence.

Published on 1 March 2007
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The rules on what you must tell the Tax Credit Office, and when you have to tell them, are changing.

Published on 8 February 2007
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Sometimes the strain of being an angry campaigner gets to even the most seasoned veteran of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group. To let off steam they write to their tax colleagues just to check whether they might sometimes expect too much from HMRC.

Published on 6 February 2007
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The collection of tax on retirement annuities is being switched to Pay As You Earn from April 2007. Properly handled, this would have made life simpler for pensioners on low incomes. However due to a lack of efficient systems within HMRC, what should have been a seamless transition is beginning to look like a shambles.

Published on 1 February 2007
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Citizens Advice have tackled the Government on the way in which council tax arrears are enforced among debtors on low incomes and on benefits.

Published on 30 January 2007
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A comprehensive report by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is calling for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to review the VAT reliefs given to disabled people. The report also focuses on the need for better administration of the reliefs to make them easier to obtain, and a re-think on VAT that is payable on products not ‘solely designed’ for disabled people.

Published on 8 January 2007
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Tax credit claimants and their advisers are consistently told that telephone calls to the tax credits helpline are recorded. But...