Following on from our earlier response to the DWP green paper on the future of child maintenance, we highlight once again the issues surrounding the use of date from H
We broadly welcome the strategy to encourage the businesses to move to digital channels where they are able to do so, in line with wider government policy.
Encouraging businesses to move to digital channels, where they are able to do so, is welcome provided it does not increase compliance burdens.
The Access to Work scheme is extremely valuable for those people who use it.
In our view any system of council tax and council tax benefit should be transparent, as simple as possible and related to the ability of the individual to pay.
LITRG welcomes HMRC’s commitment to a fairer, simpler tax system.
We believe the objectives of integration to be fair, but emphasise the need to consider equally the position of employers who are not in business and the impacts on in
LITRG’s response to this consultation focuses on both the entirely unrepresented taxpayer and those agents or intermediaries, of various types, who try to help those w
LITRG welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation and HMRC’s efforts to engage with representatives and make amendments to the proposals since the last co
A major hurdle for low-income migrants to the UK is a lack of understanding of the tax rules they will face on arrival, compounded by almost non-existent avenues of ad
Migrants to and from the UK are a mixture of people with varying personal circumstances.
The Scotland Bill proposes a Scottish income tax derived from reducing the UK rates by 10 pence and giving the Scottish Parliament the power to add a fixed amount on t
To make sense of and then to simplify the current system of regulatory penalties is certainly a big challenge.
In our response to the joint DVLA and HMRC consultation ‘Tackling VAT evasions on road vehicles brought into the UK’ we highlight the problems that low income individu
In general, we welcome moves which simplify the tax system.
We are pleased that the HMRC consultation (prompted by LITRG), ‘Incapacitated person – a modern definition’, has stimulated a debate about how disabled people, includi
The LITRG highlights the complexity in claiming passported benefits in this SSAC consultation.
Serious complaints about HMRC can be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. But how does anyone find out about this?
LITRG has responded to the European Commission’s consultation on reforming VAT entitled ‘Towards a simpler, more robust and efficient VAT system’.
HMRC plan to collect more and larger tax debts by getting employers to take them straight out of employees’ wages.
HMRC introduced a new security system on the tax credit helpline in November 2009 which attempts to verify a claimant’s identity by asking questions based on their cre
While the Child Maintenance Act 2008 was in development, LITRG sat on a DWP working group examining child maintenance variations.
Very often, where financial products are launched for those on low incomes there is a general tendency to consider any practical tax (or benefits) issues as a matter f
Over recent years we have carried extensive research into care and support matters, with particular regard to issues surrounding direct payments.
The Welfare Reform Bill is being scrutinised by the Public Bill Committee, to whom LITRG has submitted evidence on the Bill’s proposals for universal credit.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched a study into Mobility Aids.
HMRC have announced their intention to implement a new series of checks, looking at tax records kept by those in business – ‘Business Records Checks’.
In this response we raise matters of particular importance to small and very small businesses, and vulnerable groups such as care and support employers.
While much of the subject‐matter of this Department for Work and Pensions’ call for evidence is beyond the scope of LITRG’s activity, we comment on it from the viewpoi
Our response to this consultation focuses on a single area – the ability to cash in small pension pots for a lump sum (a process known as ‘trivial commutation’).
Overall, the direction of travel on tax policy making is positive, for example with advance publication of draft Finance Bill clauses for external scrutiny and comment
Disability Living Allowance is to be reformed, to be replaced in due course by a new ‘Personal Independence Payment’.
LITRG has commented on draft Finance Bill clauses which will restrict the tax exemption for employer-supported childcare, including childcare vouchers.
There are some very dedicated officials working within HMRC.
In January 2011, LITRG submitted written evidence to the Treasury Committee’s Inquiry into the principles of tax policy.
LITRG welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the consultation of the Ministry of Justice on the reform of legal aid.
In common with other government departments, HM Revenue and Customs are charged with achieving greater transparency in order to deliver better value for money and enab
The net has gradually been closing on employers who deduct PAYE and NICs from employees’ wages but fail to pay it over to HMRC.
Enabling people with disabilities to live independently and decide on their own care and support structure is an important government policy.
LITRG responded to the consultation on HMRC’s data-gathering powers published as part of the Modernising Powers, Deterrents and Safeguards series.
When the proposals to reduce the lifetime allowance (‘LTA’) were first announced, we were concerned at the potential impact on those on low-incomes arising from a meas
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) was created in the summer of 2010. One of its initial projects has been reviewing tax reliefs and exemptions.