2008 news

Published on 31 December 2008
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Although inevitably a much smaller economy than the UK's, New Zealand faces many of the same tax problems. Its ways of solving problems of tax administration have often been innovative and influential on UK thinking. A recent 'State of the Nation' paper gives further food for thought.

Published on 12 December 2008
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We acknowledged that this year’s Pre-Budget Report had some good news for those on low-incomes. But tucked away in the detail is a proposal which will affect the poorer pensioner in a way that we do not like at all.

Published on 8 December 2008
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For the last week or so HMRC have been running a campaign to remind people who are not taxpayers that they should register with their bank/building society to get their interest paid without tax deduction. Although we would have preferred HMRC to have helped in other ways, the campaign has elicited a new Revenue pragmatism and this is to be welcomed.

Published on 2 December 2008
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The 31 October deadline for paper filing of tax returns has passed. Those who have not registered for online filing and not yet submitted their tax return will have begun to receive letters from HMRC explaining that they should now file their returns online. However there may be other options or help at hand.

Published on 26 November 2008
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The Department of Health (DH) proposes to give local authorities the power to extend direct payments to those who lack the capacity to consent to their receipt.

Published on 24 November 2008
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In the most complex Pre-Budget report so far, the Chancellor has concentrated many of his proposals on those in the UK who are amongst the most disadvantaged. This approach is welcome; whether his measures will have the effects he anticipates is yet to be seen.

Published on 20 November 2008
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LITRG generally welcomes today’s National Audit Office report on HMRC’s management of tax debt. Recommendations are offered which, if properly implemented, could improve tax debt collection processes for those on low incomes.

Published on 18 November 2008
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When people are in difficulty through job losses, reductions in hours and other stresses in the wake of the recession, tax and tax credit debt can be unwelcome extra burdens. Therefore, in the run-up to the pre-Budget Report, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) calls on the Chancellor, the Government and HMRC to ease the load on those with low incomes.

Published on 17 November 2008
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As the tax appeals system is changing from April 2009, new rules and procedures are being devised. LITRG feel there is some way to go in terms of arriving at a structure which adequately caters for unrepresented, low-income appellants.

Published on 6 November 2008
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Care workers have one of the most demanding jobs in the country. They are not well paid. Often the job involves a lot of travelling. Often the expenses of travelling are challenged by authorities as not being part of the job. Such challenges are unjust as the care worker has little option but to incur the costs. A new decision gives hope that the challenges will be fewer.