2011 news

Published on 7 November 2011
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The Access to Work scheme is extremely valuable for those people who use it. New proposals should encourage more take-up and self-employment.

Published on 31 October 2011
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Many welfare benefits are to merge into a single benefit called ‘Universal Credit’ for working-age claimants, but Council Tax Benefit is excluded from the plan.

Published on 28 October 2011
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In the next few days, HMRC will start sending out the first PAYE calculations for 2010/11 where they think that people have not paid enough tax in the year.

Published on 24 October 2011
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The Office of Tax Simplification is going to examine over the next few months the scope for simplifying the tax system for pensioners.

Published on 21 October 2011
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Once again the Press have been having a go at HMRC about PAYE failures. As readers of this website will know, we are not slow in criticising HMRC when appropriate.

Published on 10 October 2011
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HMRC have today launched another “tax on undeclared income” initiative. First it was those with offshore interests, then doctors and dentists, followed by plumbers.

Published on 6 October 2011
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We are critical of recent proposals by HMRC to restrict tax loss relief for all businesses in an attempt to counter high risk tax avoidance practised by only a few.

Published on 30 September 2011
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The National Audit Office (NAO) recently published an important review of means testing.

Published on 22 September 2011
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Paper Self-Assessment tax returns for 2010/11 have to reach HMRC by 31 October 2011, otherwise you risk being charged a late-filing penalty.

Published on 22 September 2011
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HMRC’s ‘Tax Agent Strategy’ consultation proposes to give taxpayers’ agents direct access to their clients’ records held on HMRC systems, along with the facility to ma