2011 news

Published on 21 September 2011
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Significant changes in the tax system are on the way – how to determine tax residence, the impacts of being ‘non-domiciled’ (potentially affecting up to 7million people living in the UK) and greater integration of income tax and National Insurance contributions – and all with greater reliance on computers.

Published on 14 September 2011
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Over the last dozen years LITRG have criticised HMRC (and the Inland Revenue before them) about how inadequately they have recognised and measured what is important to the ordinary citizen in the delivery of their service.

Published on 2 September 2011
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In our response to the joint DVLA and HMRC consultation ‘Tackling VAT evasions on road vehicles brought into the UK’ we highlight the problems that low income individuals, particularly migrant workers coming into the UK, will experience in complying with the proposed new communication and timing procedures.

Published on 22 August 2011
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LITRG welcomes two new consultations on how HMRC intend to move forward in their provision of online services. But we remain concerned for those who are ‘digitally excluded’ and, even with HMRC’s support, will never be able to make the transition to an online ‘default’.

Published on 19 August 2011
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By the end of this month all plumbers and members of associated trades need to have made their disclosures to HMRC and arranged settlement of liabilities.

Published on 15 August 2011
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We are pleased that the HMRC consultation (prompted by LITRG), ‘Incapacitated person – a modern definition’, has stimulated a debate about how disabled people, including those with mental health difficulties, deal with the tax system. Now it is for HMRC and the Government to react accordingly, agreeing how to adjust both the law and HMRC’s practice.

Published on 12 August 2011
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) yesterday announced a single helpline number – 0845 366 1207 (see below for text relay details) – to help businesses and individuals adversely affected by the rioting and looting in England earlier this week. HMRC’s Civil Disorder helpline will be available from 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week.

Published on 6 August 2011
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LITRG has been strongly critical of HMRC’s decision to implement a new policy, requiring tax credit claimants who failed security questions on the helpline to attend an interview at their nearest enquiry centre, without first assessing its impact on disadvantaged groups.

Published on 30 July 2011
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Today the Treasury Sub-Committee of the House of Commons has endorsed a number of LITRG’s concerns about access to the tax system for unrepresented taxpayers.

Published on 26 July 2011
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Are you due to pay Self Assessment tax by 31 July but haven’t received a statement? Don’t worry, say HMRC. If your statement only arrives in August, you should pay as soon as possible after receiving it, but you won’t be charged interest as long as you pay within 30 days of receipt.