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Published on 30 April 2004
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You can file your tax return on-line for free by using the Inland Revenue's on-line gateway. But if you are on a low income there are other options, some of which can be easier to use than that provided by the Revenue.

Published on 14 April 2004
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Big banks badly let down their low income customers. This is the conclusion of a review undertaken by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group. A mystery shopping exercise in over 50 branches revealed that only 20 could provide an up-to-date registration form to prevent the banks deducting excessive tax.

Published on 8 April 2004
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Tax credits overpayments cannot be avoided altogether, because they are built into the design of the system – they are part of how the whole process works. But they can be reduced if claimants are careful to tell the Revenue promptly if their income or circumstances change during the tax year.

Published on 8 April 2004
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Many people have claimed tax credits, and then been surprised to find that the Revenue has paid them too much and asks for the surplus back. This can cause considerable hardship to families on very low incomes. In this first of three short articles we consider how this can happen, and whether anything can be done about it.

Published on 26 March 2004
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In a statement in Parliament, the government Minister responsible for the Inland Revenue has said that 'all Inland Revenue Enquiry Offices (IRECs) are registered with the BT Typetalk service'. Nevertheless, LITRG has found that a great many IRECs are unprepared for calls from people with hearing impairments.

Published on 23 March 2004
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LITRG submission in response to Call for Evidence

Published on 18 March 2004
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The budget contained an interesting range of measures designed to enhance support through the tax and tax-benefits system for people in work, disabled people, parents whose employers provide childcare facilities or vouchers, and parents of older children in training for work.

Published on 17 March 2004
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The Chancellor's 2004 Budget, announced earlier today, contained a number of measures, which will help pensioners. But there remain some gaps, which could detract from an overall positive picture, and at least one anti-avoidance measure risks catching innocent people.

Published on 17 March 2004
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The merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise carries with it risks for those on low incomes.

Published on 10 March 2004
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The Tax Credits Handbook 2003-04, written by members of LITRG and published by CCH (link below), was published in December 2003.