Published on 13 May 2008

As part of its contribution to the debate about the 10p tax rate, LITRG are exploring possible solutions through the tax system alone. Our preferred options at present are using PAYE and other available records to identify those who have lost out, then carrying out a reconciliation; or reintroducing the 10p rate, but clawing it back gradually as income rises.

Published on 12 May 2008

Many people lose out because they do not know they can get certain goods and services cheaper if they are 60 or over or have a disability. VAT (‘Value Added Tax’) is charged at 17.5% on most goods and services but some things have no VAT or it is charged at a reduced rate to people who identify themselves as qualifying for the discount.

Published on 8 May 2008

Although employer-provided childcare vouchers are promoted as a scheme to save you money, most low-to-middle-income households lose money by sacrificing salary for vouchers. But even in those cases where it does make sense to take vouchers, you must review your situation periodically.

Published on 6 May 2008

HMRC have launched a new part of their website aimed at making contact easier. So how did they do? We tried to find out on behalf of the various groups we aim to represent.

Published on 1 May 2008

It is important for everyone in the UK to know whether one is domiciled in one of the countries of the UK for tax purposes. If you are not UK domiciled there are advantages, although planned changes in the law effective from 6 April 2008 are trying to remove some of those, particularly for the wealthier resident.

Published on 30 April 2008

Two days ago we were full of praise for the new tax credits upgrade of the HMRC website and the new approach it announced of dealing with disputes by telephone. HMRC now tell us, it wasn’t quite as simple as we had imagined.

Published on 29 April 2008

Mostly when we post a story about tax credits on our website it is a tale of unmitigated gloom; so when this is not the case we like to tell you too. HMRC have re-vamped their tax credits website and it is a significant improvement.

Published on 22 April 2008

HMRC have now confirmed in a news release that the government will keep the threshold which shields very low-income workers from tax on most benefits in kind (or ‘perks’) provided by their employers.

Published on 16 April 2008

The majority of people do not have to complete a self assessment tax return. This is because employed earnings and pensions are generally taxed under Pay As You Earn (PAYE). In the fifth of our series on pensioner problems, we consider why it is that some receive a full self assessment tax return after many years of no contact with HMRC and without an explanation.

Published on 14 April 2008

In the fourth of our series of case studies we examine a case of a taxpayer failing to receive the benefit of the 10% band – worth around £200 a year. Although this tax band is being abolished for earnings and pension income from 6 April 2008, it will still exist for savings income. This case also demonstrates the inconsistency in current HMRC practices.

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