2013 news

Published on 19 December 2013
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The LITRG are calling on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to increase their funding for voluntary and community sector organisations that help people with taxes, benefits and tax credits, after figures published yesterday showed how effectively the money has been used.

Published on 11 December 2013
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have launched a campaign in December 2013 to give individuals who rent out residential property a chance to bring their tax affairs up to date. The campaign will last for at least 18 months, but if you are eligible to use the campaign, you should take action now.

Published on 10 December 2013
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The LITRG has welcomed the publication today of draft legislation which would extend a provision designed to ensure that when a vulnerable person dies their estate is not taxed twice.

Published on 10 December 2013
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The LITRG has welcomed the fact that those moving into care will continue to be able to get relief from capital gains tax on the sale of their home for three years after moving out.

Published on 5 December 2013
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Delivering the Autumn Statement today, the Chancellor confirmed that the transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners would go ahead from April 2015.

Published on 5 December 2013
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Tax campaigners have welcomed the news that the HMRC budget is to be protected from any further cuts this year. Ostensibly this is to enable it to focus more on countering evasion and avoidance. But equally, the urgent need to improve customer service should not be compromised by lack of investment.

Published on 5 December 2013
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The Chancellor delivered today’s Autumn Statement against a backdrop of the best economic outlook since he started his tenure, but continuing austerity for most and especially for people whether in or out of work who have been subject to years of welfare cuts.

Published on 5 December 2013
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The LITRG has welcomed HMRC’s continued commitment to reducing fraud and error in the tax credits system. However LITRG is concerned that HMRC continue to focus on measures that tackle fraud, when in fact the greatest loss to government comes from error. HMRC also continue to conflate fraud and error and fail to identify official error.

Published on 5 December 2013
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The LITRG has welcomed the Government’s commitment to legislate on employment intermediaries facilitating false self-employment.

Published on 5 December 2013
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The LITRG very much welcome the announcement in the Autumn Statement that entitlement to free school meals is being extended to all children in reception and years 1 and 2. This gives effect to a long-standing LITRG recommendation.