2011 news

Published on 20 December 2011
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We welcome the HMRC announcement on 6 December 2011, that there will be a paper alternative to the mandatory online channel for notifying road vehicles entering the UK. At the same time we question why HMRC is to make it mandatory for VAT returns to be filed online, but rules out providing any paper alternative.

Published on 15 December 2011
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For several years, LITRG have campaigned for HMRC to adopt a telephone policy that ensures their most vulnerable customers do not bear costs disproportionately. We therefore welcome HMRC’s announcement that the tax credits helpline will change to a 0345 number with immediate effect. We would like to see that policy extended to cover HMRC’s other helplines.

Published on 12 December 2011
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed draft legislation published on 6 December 2011 by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) relating to the treatment of ‘incapacitated persons’ in tax legislation.

Published on 12 December 2011
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has given a qualified welcome to HMRC’s response to the Tax Agent Strategy consultation, in so far as it affects those who offer their services free.

Published on 12 December 2011
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has criticised HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for proposing to make it compulsory to file VAT returns online without any exceptions written into law. This follows the publication of draft legislation and HMRC’s response to a consultation in this area.

Published on 12 December 2011
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LITRG has welcomed draft legislation published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which extends the relief for cashing in small pensions valued at up to £2,000 to personal pension schemes.

Published on 8 December 2011
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Draft regulations published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in November herald the phasing out of Simplified PAYE Deduction Schemes (SPDS) still used by some non-business employers. Whilst LITRG agrees that these no longer are the ‘simple’ option for PAYE calculations they once were, changing to the system used by all other employers may cause difficulties.

Published on 29 November 2011
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In today’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that tax credits would be cut yet again in real terms in 2012/13. While the basic tax allowance will rise next year by more than inflation, the reductions in tax credits will not compensate low-income families for any fall in their tax bill. And cutting taxes will deliver only limited help to those claiming means tested benefits.

Published on 22 November 2011
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LITRG continues to keep an eye on child maintenance changes to the extent that proposals seek to use HMRC data for maintenance assessments. Commenting on draft regulations proposed by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC), we stress that clarity is needed as to what happens when HMRC data is considered unreliable.

Published on 8 November 2011
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In response to two HMRC consultations, we have said that we welcome moves to encourage businesses to communicate with the Department online. But nobody must be forced to do so - particularly if they cannot, or would find it very difficult to, use a computer or the internet.