2013 news

Published on 3 December 2013
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In August 2013, the LITRG published ‘The Tax Repayment System and Tax Refund Organisations – a call for action’, a report highlighting areas in which the tax repayment system needs to be eased for the low-income taxpayer. One of the issues we raised was the need to help taxpayers make informed choices about using a tax agent.

Published on 29 November 2013
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) launched a campaign in October 2013 to encourage health and wellbeing professionals with undisclosed income to bring their tax affairs up to date. There is only a short window of opportunity remaining, so take action now.

Published on 28 November 2013
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Many small individual savers with banks and building societies have been losing out because they are unaware that if their income is too low for them to pay tax they can receive savings interest gross, or reclaim tax overpaid.

Published on 28 November 2013
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Most taxpayers may never need to refer to the actual legislation because they can normally rely on guidance or a textbook. For those who do look at the legislation, they may find it difficult to interpret. The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has recently proposed some guidelines for drafting the definitions found in the legislation.

Published on 27 November 2013
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The first term of the new academic year is a good time to be thinking about tax. Every penny counts to help fund your way through your course, so make sure you check your tax now and throughout the year ahead to make sure you aren’t paying too much.

Published on 26 November 2013
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The LITRG is pleased to see that HMRC have improved their service by offering cheaper 0300 phone numbers to their callers (rather than the previous and more costly 0800 numbers). However, lengthy waiting times and a disjointed service are persistent problems. In order to combat these, LITRG is calling for the implementation of a Freephone line or an immediate call-back service.

Published on 21 November 2013
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The LITRG has taken part in a LexisNexis webinar. The topics covered include: Universal Credit; what's happening in Tax Credits; PAYE underpayments and ESC A19; Digital Exclusion; and recent VAT online filing cases.

Published on 13 November 2013
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Along with other voluntary and community sector organisations, the LITRG has long advocated a better method by which HMRC recognises and deals with informal taxpayer representatives, such as family and friends of older or disabled taxpayers.

Published on 13 November 2013
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Last week, an influential committee of MPs was highly critical of the DWP’s management of the universal credit programme, citing (among other things) the inadequacy of the pilot programme. How indicative of the future success of a complex programme is a pilot that only tests the easy cases? Or a pilot that only admits jobless claimants when the benefit is supposed to encourage work?

Published on 13 November 2013
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The LITRG are calling for the Government to introduce a revised pilot of the new universal credit system. The group have criticised the existing pilot for only dealing with people with straightforward circumstances and not taking adequate account of the impact the new system will have on the self-employed.