2015 news

Published on 18 December 2015
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The Scottish Government has today delivered its budget in which it had the power to set an income tax rate for the first time. The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is calling for a more concerted effort to publicise the new powers and to ensure that Scottish taxpayers know their status. The Group has also published guidance on its website to assist taxpayers.  

Published on 16 December 2015
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If you are self-employed, entitlement to some state benefits depends on the level of Class 2 National Insurance contributions paid in the period leading up to a claim.

Published on 14 December 2015
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is troubled by HMRC’s decision not to include a helpline number on letters sent to Scottish taxpayers, which risks leaving people unable to get answers to their questions.

Published on 9 December 2015
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In implementing the digital tax account and other aspects of their ‘Making Tax Digital’ programme, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has called on HMRC to respect the rulings of the courts and make proper provision for those who find it difficult or impossible to use computers.

Published on 30 November 2015
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HMRC have indicated that Scottish taxpayer notification letters will start to arrive on taxpayers’ doormats on Wednesday 2 December. Individuals will receive a letter if HMRC have reason to believe they are a Scottish taxpayer under the rules for the Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT). HMRC will normally base their belief on the address records they hold for an individual.

Published on 26 November 2015
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The Chancellor introduced his Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015 by saying that it delivers on the Government’s commitment to “put security first”, both national security and economic security for working people. The watchword was “build”, as he talked of the need to “build” Britain’s finances, defences and society.

Published on 25 November 2015
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The Chancellor announced today that an apprenticeship levy, set at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill will be introduced in April 2017. Theoretically only large employers will be paying it, however in practice, many more employers – particularly small or micro employers – may find themselves contributing if the £15,000 ‘offset’ is not easy to understand or claim. 

Published on 25 November 2015
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has expressed concern that using new digital tax accounts to make self-employed people report to HMRC more often will add to their workload. 

Published on 25 November 2015
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The Chancellor’s planned ‘higher wage, lower welfare’ economy will translate simply into a lower welfare economy for those who work for themselves, say LITRG.

Published on 25 November 2015
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In today’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced changes to two schemes that have not yet been introduced – the planned increased provision of free childcare from 15 hours to 30 hours and “tax-free childcare”, a scheme to help parents meet childcare costs.