2019 news

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Published on 14 November 2019
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For those who reached state pension age before 6 April 2016, it is possible to get a state pension lump sum if you have deferred claiming it. If you’re going to claim such a lump sum, check carefully how your tax ‘allowances’ may affect how much tax you may have to pay on it. We have seen people making costly mistakes.

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Published on 6 November 2019
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Are you a courier, delivery driver, taxi driver or something similar? You may have heard that you can charge more for your services if you voluntarily register for VAT or that you can bolster your earnings under the Flat Rate VAT scheme.

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Published on 5 November 2019
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Starting a new job? Want to register to vote? You will need your National Insurance number. Here we tell you how to retrieve your National Insurance Number (NINO) from your Personal Tax Account (PTA) if you don’t know it, without needing your NINO to get into the PTA in the first place!

Published on 1 November 2019
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The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) recommendation of a new Individual Tax Account1 that combines the features of the current personal tax account and business tax account, meaning all the income of an individual is held in one place, is welcomed by LITRG.

Published on 31 October 2019
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Devolution is making it harder for claimants to understand the benefits system and the Scottish and UK governments need to work harder to ensure people claim what they are entitled to, according to the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG).

Published on 24 October 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is reminding people that there is just a week to go before the 31 October 2019 deadline to file paper tax return forms.

Published on 23 October 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is warning those with outstanding tax credit debts that they risk having the money recouped forcibly from their wages. This follows the transfer of some tax credit debts from HMRC to the DWP.

Published on 23 October 2019
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How some tax credit debts are collected is changing. This could affect you if you have an ‘old’ outstanding tax credit overpayment. This article explains what is happening and stresses that you should not ignore any letters you receive from HMRC, DWP (or in Northern Ireland, the NI DfC) relating to tax credit debts. 

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Published on 23 October 2019
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One major cause of tax problems for those in employment, is the incorrect completion of the starter checklist – in particular picking the wrong employee statement (A, B or C). Here we explain what the different options mean and why it is so important to pick the one that matches your circumstances – if you want to avoid an unexpected and unwelcome tax bill at the end of the year, that is!

Claiming back tax refund
Published on 21 October 2019
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This a common question! The answer is usually somewhere between 5 days and 8 weeks, depending on a number of factors including the system involved (for example by PAYE or Self Assessment), whether you applied online or by paper; and whether HMRC make any security checks during the process. Read on to find out more.