2012 news

Published on 18 December 2012
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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) still has a long way to go to deliver an acceptable level of service to taxpayers in need of help and advice, say campaigners for taxpayers on low incomes.

Published on 13 December 2012
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Campaigners for disabled people within the tax system have welcomed Tuesday’s announcement extending qualification for favourable tax treatment to trust beneficiaries receiving personal independence payment (PIP) daily living component at either the standard or enhanced rate.

Published on 7 December 2012
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Some tax credit claimants may not have received payments they should have for periods before they made their claim (‘backdated payments’) because HMRC failed to notify them of their entitlement. As a result of our intervention, HMRC have now improved matters for new claimants, but disappointingly they will not revisit old claims unless specifically asked to do so.

Published on 6 December 2012
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While welcoming the increase in the basic state pension to £110.15 from April 2013, tax campaigners have noted that a small band of pensioners on middle incomes are likely to gain from yesterday’s tax announcements, whereas the phasing out of the age-related personal allowance will hit those at the lower end of the income scale.

Published on 6 December 2012
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The Government announced yesterday that they are to conduct a payment-by-results pilot on outsourcing the collection of tax credits debt. This could mean that people with overpayments of tax credits will be dealing not with HMRC directly, but with debt collectors who will be paid by results, and who may therefore be tempted to be less than scrupulous in the methods they use.

Published on 6 December 2012
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Tax campaigners have welcomed the news that the HMRC budget is to be protected from the cuts faced by other government departments, and also the promise of greater transparency for ordinary taxpayers.

Published on 5 December 2012
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The Autumn Statement announced that the government will proceed with a scheme whereby employees may forfeit certain employment rights in exchange for shares in their employer company. Those shares will be exempt from capital gains tax (CGT) but may still result in an immediate income tax and NIC liability.

Published on 5 December 2012
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The increase in personal allowance announced today is welcome, but the savings for low-income households are much lower when the corresponding reductions in means-tested benefits and universal credit are taken into account, say LITRG.

Published on 5 December 2012
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LITRG has commented on the tax credit elements of today’s Autumn Statement.

Published on 22 November 2012
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Campaigners for those on low incomes have welcomed today's report on universal credit from the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee.