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Published on 23 December 2016
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In the lead up to the 31 January 2017 Self Assessment tax return deadline, HMRC are providing a variety of digital products to support taxpayers, including webinars, live Q&A sessions and videos.

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Published on 19 December 2016
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Overpayments of tax credits occur when you receive more than you are entitled to for a tax year. Sometimes overpayments happen because of the design of the system or they can happen because you or HMRC have made a mistake. Our updated guide, published in conjunction with Advicenow, explains how to find out more about your overpayment and how to challenge it if necessary. 

Published on 19 December 2016
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Real Time Information (RTI) payroll data is being used by HMRC and other benefit-paying departments to help identify cases where claimants have either failed to declare or have under-declared earnings and non-state pension income. However, sometimes the RTI information can be inaccurate. Here we tell you how to challenge the decision and how to gather the supporting evidence required.

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Published on 7 December 2016
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Tax campaigners have warned that the abolition of Class 2 National Insurance contributions from April 2018 (which the Government has now confirmed will go ahead) will result in the lowest earners among the self-employed potentially paying five times more than they do now to secure entitlement to a state retirement pension. 

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Published on 5 December 2016
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The Autumn Statement included a note that the tax treatment of foreign pensions will be changed so that it is more closely aligned with the UK’s domestic pension tax regime and this has been confirmed in today’s publication of draft Finance Bill 2017 clauses.

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Published on 2 December 2016
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The CIOT and LITRG welcome the consultation on draft regulations regarding the transfer of the Scottish Tax Tribunals to the Scottish Tribunals, which should take effect on 1 April 2017. The regulations include draft rules of procedure for the new First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Tax Chamber.

Published on 1 December 2016
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The LITRG have welcomed today’s report by the Work and Pensions Committee which supports our recent recommendation for an independent review of tax credit compliance processes and highlights the many flaws in the manner in which HMRC investigate tax credit claims.

Published on 29 November 2016
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A new report by the LITRG calls for urgent action to ensure that government digital services take greater account of people who face difficulties using the internet or who are unable to go online.

Published on 24 November 2016
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The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2016 seemed to be about to conclude without any major surprises, but Mr Hammond saved his show-stopper to the end – Autumn Statement 2016 would not only be his first Autumn Statement, it would be his last, as he is abolishing the event.