2011 news

Published on 12 July 2011
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HMRC have announced that from mid-July they will start sending out PAYE tax calculations for the 2010/11 tax year, starting with repayments where HMRC think too much tax has been paid. LITRG’s advice if you receive a repayment is to make sure it is right (neither too much nor too little) and check whether you can claim anything else.

Published on 7 July 2011
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LITRG reported earlier this year on a special tax deal for plumbers and members of associated trades to ‘own up’ to under-declared tax liabilities. HMRC have provided an update about this deal and outlined targets for future special deals.

Published on 5 July 2011
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As the end of the school year approaches, students switch their attention from exams to the summer holiday fun ahead. Unfortunately for parents, summer holidays can also signal lots of tax credit changes that need to be resolved before the fun begins. Here we draw attention to some of the issues facing parents with children of all ages this summer.

Published on 30 June 2011
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The Government proposes to remove from the scope of legal aid all welfare benefits and tax credits advice. Who will help the poorest and most in need in difficult times?

Published on 27 June 2011
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HMRC have started a consultation on the future relationship between the Department and tax agents – mainly paid agents, but also those acting pro bono and the extensive community of ‘friends and family’ representatives.

Published on 23 June 2011
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Serious complaints about HMRC can be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. But how does anyone find out about this? And how does it fit with the other routes for pursuing a complaint about the Department? LITRG raises concerns in response to the IPCC’s consultation on new guidance for HMRC.

Published on 21 June 2011
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is alerting taxpayers to a new surge of fake ‘phishing’ emails sent out by fraudsters in the run-up to the tax credits renewal deadline. Since the beginning of April, when the first tax credits renewals forms were sent out to claimants, more than 46,000 phishing emails have been reported by customers.

Published on 15 June 2011
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Young people trying to enter the world of work continue to face a difficult labour market. So what should you do when you start work to make sure you get your tax right and check whether you can get help via the tax credits system?

Published on 15 June 2011
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On 6 April, LITRG launched www.revenuebenefits.org.uk, a website to support advisers who have to grapple with the “giving” side of HMRC activity. The website was created with the support of HMRC and in partnership with Rightsnet and we will progressively add to its content in the coming months.

Published on 6 June 2011
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VAT is a particularly regressive tax, imposing the highest burdens on people with low, fixed incomes such as many pensioners and those living on state benefits. LITRG’s response to the European Commission’s consultation on VAT reform stresses that the impact of change on consumers and individuals running small businesses must be taken into account.