2010 news

Published on 22 December 2010
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Received a P800 tax calculation? Having a battle with HMRC? Want to know what to do next? The Christmas holidays may be the time you can get to grips with it. Since September, we have provided a variety of advice guides which should provide you with all the help you need.

Published on 17 December 2010
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Have you challenged a PAYE tax calculation (‘P800’) which showed you had underpaid tax? Have HMRC replied to you, possibly in the form of a standard letter containing very little explanation, saying that you still have to pay?

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Published on 9 December 2010
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LITRG is supporting appeals mounted by several individuals, who would otherwise have been unrepresented, against the requirement that VAT returns must be filed online. The first tribunal hearing took place at the First-tier Tribunal in London on Monday 29 November.

Published on 7 December 2010
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HMRC’s ‘automatic reconciliation’ of individuals’ PAYE records continues, with tax calculations for 2008/09 and 2009/10 landing on doormats. In this article, we outline some issues to look out for with a particular focus on pensioners, and give you an update on typical cases we have seen so far.

Published on 7 December 2010
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Much was made of the coalition policy to increase personal allowances towards a target of £10,000 for those under 65. Less has been said about the tax policy towards pensioners.

Published on 1 December 2010
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Do you know all (or any) of the circumstances under which you can get a credit towards state benefits without paying a national insurance contribution? Well, neither did we know them all. But how can you check whether you are receiving what you are entitled to?

Published on 22 November 2010
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During Parliamentary debates on the Finance Bill (which passes its remaining Parliamentary stages today) the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury – David Gauke MP – committed the Government to changing an outdated and offensive definition of ‘incapacitated person’ in the tax laws.

Published on 11 November 2010
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An estimated 6 million people are likely to now be receiving tax calculations having not paid the right tax under PAYE, and students in particular can find the system struggles to keep up with their working patterns. Here we aim to give a short PAYE guide for students who are now embarking on their studies and supplementing their funds by working during term time.

Published on 5 November 2010
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The Government recently consulted on proposals which will prevent employers, except perhaps in exceptional circumstances, from forcing employees to retire at age 65. This is of course coupled with confirmation in the recent Spending Review to step up the escalation in state pension age for both men and women to 66 by 2020.

Published on 4 November 2010
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The benefits system is to undergo its biggest overhaul for a generation, with many existing tax credits and benefits being replaced by a ‘Universal Credit’. Whilst we broadly welcome the initiative, there is as yet insufficient detail to tell whether it will address all of the existing system’s problems.