Incapacity benefit (IB) can be a complex state benefit as far as taxation is concerned. It is essential that the tax status is understood or individuals may mistakenly declare it for tax purposes and are taxed when they should not be. Clear guidance from the Revenue is obviously important.
Three weeks ago we criticised the Revenue website for its Contact Us section and the difficulties in finding one’s way through to the person you need. We pointed out a range of deficiencies. Although the Revenue still have a way to go, they have been busy with changes to their website and have informed us that other points we raised will be taken up over time.
From 1 October 2004, the Disability Discrimination Act requires service providers to make 'reasonable adjustments' to their premises to tackle any physical features that prevent disabled people from using their services.
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) have joined with other tax bodies and welfare rights organisations in submitting to the Inland Revenue a list of necessary changes and improvements to the tax credits system.
There are over a million trustees of charities in the United Kingdom and many have one thing in common. No, not that they are selfless individuals giving of their time to help others. It is that they may be expected by the Revenue to complete a Self Assessment Return.
Jane Moore of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group considers the recent White Paper on tribunals reform. This article was originally published in Tax Journal on 13 September 2004 and it is reprinted here with the publisher's kind permission.
This article has now been updated - you can find our latest comments in our article entitled "Praise to the Revenue for listening". One of the great difficulties for many people dealing with the Inland Revenue is to find the right person who will solve their problem.
Following the Finance Bill debates, LITRG now has an assurance that foster carers will not face any potential capital gains tax liability when they sell their home. However, for adult placement carers, the tax position remains uncertain.