2011 news

Published on 29 March 2011
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HMRC have been issuing P800 tax calculations to PAYE taxpayers – first for 2008/09 and 2009/10, then for 2007/08. Those who HMRC believe have underpaid tax are now being asked to pay the balance. We provide a guide below to your options and rights if you are being asked to pay direct to HMRC.

Published on 23 March 2011
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If you are on a low and fixed income you are very much reliant upon government actions to help you improve your standard of living. In today’s Budget the Chancellor provided some help to those with the lowest incomes; but not perhaps as much as it seems at first glance.

Published on 22 March 2011
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HMRC have been sending out coding notices with “underpayment restrictions” included in them for the year 2011/12. These will attempt to collect tax which HMRC say has been underpaid for earlier years.

Published on 11 March 2011
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When costs go up, some tax reliefs and exemptions increase along with them. But the mileage allowance which employees can claim against tax for using their cars on their employer’s business has remained static for many years. LITRG would like to see the level of all allowable expenses incurred by low income employees monitored and adjusted regularly to reflect the realities.

Published on 1 March 2011
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Today the tax man made another of his special offers. If you are a plumber and your tax affairs are not quite right, now is the time to confess and receive a reduced penalty. But the process HMRC have created is so complex that, in our opinion, you would be wise to employ a professional tax adviser to explain it. So, it is not such a special offer after all.

Published on 28 February 2011
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The Government recently announced that those starting to receive state pensions before 6 April 2009 who were not taxed correctly should not be pursued for any underpayment. The position remained unclear for claimants of other taxable state benefits.

Published on 15 February 2011
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There are some very dedicated officials working within HMRC.

Published on 9 February 2011
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In common with other government departments, HM Revenue and Customs are charged with achieving greater transparency in order to deliver better value for money and enable the public to hold them to account. In response to HMRC’s draft plans, LITRG has called for less technical jargon, more detail and a commitment to ongoing review.

Published on 9 February 2011
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Enabling people with disabilities to live independently and decide on their own care and support structure is an important government policy. But in order to function efficiently, it is essential for government to consider the tax implications for people using individual budgets. LITRG has reinforced these points in response to a recent call for evidence on care and support strategy.

Published on 4 February 2011
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Over the years HMRC have carried out numerous research projects to assess the needs of their customers. The missing ingredient after these reviews has been to take the feedback and make it a reality, particularly when it comes to communicating with customers in a way that they can understand. Have the USA approached this issue in a better way?