2012 news

Published on 9 May 2012
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LITRG has today published a new report highlighting the growing problem of ‘digital exclusion’. It provides new evidence that government efforts to move services and transactions online are disadvantaging older people, those with disabilities and the self-employed in particular.

Published on 4 May 2012
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HMRC have been working in conjunction with software providers to provide "apps" (applications on smartphones) which enable small businesses to keep their records more easily. LITRG welcomes such "educational" initiatives which can show HMRC in a far more favourable light than some of their compliance campaigns aimed at the same businesses.

Published on 26 April 2012
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has said that HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC’s) assessment of the impact of the introduction of Real Time Information (RTI) on small employers is inadequate. LITRG is concerned that employers who lack internet access or who are not computer savvy will find it very difficult to fulfil their obligations under RTI.

Published on 11 April 2012
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Over recent years HMRC have consistently failed to answer their telephone helplines in anything like a reasonable time-scale. Back in 1997/98 the Inland Revenue aimed to answer a telephone call within 30 seconds 91% of the time. But now, in 2012/13, you can spend four times as much time pushing buttons before you even get in a queue.

Published on 5 April 2012
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From tomorrow, the already very complicated tax credits system is undergoing more changes. Overall this will result in a second round of tax credits cuts, although not everyone will lose out. This article explains those changes in more detail.

Published on 2 April 2012
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HMRC have announced that they are now on the trail of people who buy and sell things online. They suspect that not everyone is paying the tax they should on their trading profits. Who is trading, and who is not, is often difficult to decide and the results of that decision have wider effects than just income tax or VAT. In this article we seek to shed some light on this complex area.

Published on 28 March 2012
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From 6 April 2012, HMRC will stop working tax credit for most couples with children who do not work at least 24 hours a week between them. This includes some who will still be entitled from 6 April because they are covered by one of the exceptions to this rule. HMRC have failed to tell these claimants that they must contact them by 6 April if one of those exceptions applies to them.

Published on 22 March 2012
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A press storm is growing about the nature of changes to the age allowance provisions announced in the Budget, with some commentators characterising these as a Grannytax. We do not like the way the proposed changes have been introduced and explained, but we think this characterisation as a tax is misleading.

Published on 21 March 2012
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Today the Chancellor said that he was delivering a Budget for those on low and middle incomes. Did he succeed? For those on the lowest incomes the answer must be “no”, for those on lower middle incomes the answer is “perhaps”.

Published on 19 March 2012
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A coalition of charities working for carers and disabled people, led by the LITRG, very much welcome the Government’s decision to allow couples where one partner is entitled to carer’s allowance to continue getting working tax credit (WTC) by working just 16 hours a week.