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Published on 3 April 2019
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) had delayed issuing penalty notices to those who failed to file their Self Assessment (SA) tax return for the 2017/18 tax year by the usual online filing date of 31 January 2019. These penalty notices are now starting to be issued and should act as a prompt, if you have not yet filed that tax return, to file it now.

Published on 29 March 2019
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Following the release of a report from HM Treasury on time limits in the tax system, it is now virtually certain that the loan charge will come in, as planned, in a week’s time. If you are affected, and haven’t done so already, you need to urgently consider contacting HMRC about settlement.

Making Tax Digital for VAT – are you ready?
Published on 15 March 2019
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HMRC have recently written to all VAT registered traders to tell them about their new ‘Making Tax Digital for VAT’ (MTD for VAT) programme which is about to be introduced. In this article, we explain how the new rules work, how to claim an exemption and key dates that you need to be aware of.

Published on 15 March 2019
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If you have been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension, from 6 April you will probably have to pay more into your pension pot. But here are four reasons why this may not cost you as much as you think.

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Published on 8 March 2019
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We regularly receive queries via our website. We do not give advice, but we try to signpost sources of further information and support. Some of the replies might be useful to others, so occasionally we will post them anonymously as ‘question and answer’ news items. We have received a question recently on the National Insurance conditions related to Bereavement Support Payment.

Published on 7 March 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is warning employers and affected employees that postgraduate loan repayments will start from next month (April). It is important that both parties understand whether there will be further deductions from payslips and, if so, that they are correct.

Published on 28 February 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is warning VAT registered individuals and businesses they have little time to apply for an exemption from the new digital VAT requirements which begins for some on 1 April 2019. The call comes as HMRC have just issued guidance explaining how people can claim exemption from these new Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTD) requirements.

Published on 28 February 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) welcomes the launch of DBEIS’ campaign to raise awareness of holiday pay, and reduce the number of underpaid workers. But LITRG cautions that, to really make a difference, action is needed to close the enforcement ‘gap’ in respect of holiday pay and to deal with the problem of false self-employment.

Penalties for late filing tax returns
Published on 26 February 2019
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If you have not filed your tax return for 2017/18 by now, it is likely to be late. The deadline for filing it online was 31 January 2019. HMRC would normally be issuing £100 late filing penalty notices in February, but this year these could be delayed until the end of April.

Published on 25 February 2019
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The recent universal credit High Court decision that DWP’s method of assessing earned income under universal credit is unlawful, is an important one. But for at least one of the people affected, HMRC’s on or before reporting exception for non-banking days, meant things probably didn’t need to get that far.