2017 news

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Published on 9 October 2017
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LITRG are aware that people are still being misled into using call connection or call record services when trying to contact HMRC. If this has happened to you, you should consider making a complaint to the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA). Here we give you more information, and offer you some advice on how to get through to HMRC’s helpline advisers – directly.

LITRG launch practical help for umbrella company workers
Published on 27 September 2017
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As part of our role within a wider educational charity, for some time now LITRG has wanted to do more to support temporary workers who are having to grapple with working through an umbrella company.

Published on 19 September 2017
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Even if the state retirement pension is your only taxable income, you must usually complete a self-assessment tax return if the total amount of pension received in a tax year is more than your tax-free personal allowance. Until now, this has been the only way in which tax can be paid on the taxable portion of the pension income.

Published on 13 September 2017
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is advising self-employed people who started trading in the 2016/17 tax year that they have just weeks left to register for self-assessment with HMRC to meet the 5 October deadline. This will often include self-employed people working in the 'gig economy' – although LITRG fears many will not realise it.

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Published on 4 September 2017
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It has come to the LITRG’s attention that guidance on GOV.UK around the availability of a payroll online filing exemption, may be misleading some people into believing that their circumstances are not covered. 

Published on 16 August 2017
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is urging people to contact HMRC urgently if they have missed the tax credits renewals deadline.

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Published on 2 August 2017
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The treatment of cash tips for things like tax and tax credits can be fraught with pitfalls for the unwary. Sadly, you cannot just slip the cash tip into your pocket and be done with it!

Published on 21 July 2017
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HMRC’s complaints handling continues to improve, with the number of complaints about HMRC upheld by the Adjudicator falling for the third year in a row. However, the Adjudicator’s report says that HMRC still need to exercise their discretion better and learn lessons from the insight provided by complaints.

Published on 20 July 2017
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is reminding people who received tax credits during 2016/17, and who have received renewal forms from HMRC, to act by July 31 so that their payments do not stop. 

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Published on 20 July 2017
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It is often beneficial for a child benefit claimant to continue claiming in order to secure National Insurance credits, even if this means that the claimant or their partner has to pay the high income child benefit charge (HICBC).