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Published on 17 March 2008
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Most low income taxpayers are outside the self assessment system but increasing numbers are being brought within it, particularly pensioners. The deadline for filing paper returns will change for returns issued next month; it is to be brought forward to 31 October.

Published on 12 March 2008
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Alistair Darling, with very little room for manoeuvre, produced an unexciting prospect for those on low incomes in his Budget today. Nearly all of the changes from April were foreshadowed, but there were some small surprises (and disappointments at what was not) hidden in the small print.

Published on 5 March 2008
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The latest survey of morale within HMRC shows a continuing and worrying trend. It has been a bad few months for the organisation with the loss of data and a damning report on tax credits from the Ombudsman, but have too many straws been placed upon this camel’s back?

Published on 3 March 2008
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From April 2009, the projected reform of the tribunal system will embrace the tax appeal tribunals which hear disputes between taxpayers and HMRC.

Published on 3 March 2008
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From April 2009, the projected reform of the tribunal system will embrace the tax appeal tribunals which hear disputes between taxpayers and HMRC. LITRG has responded to the Ministry of Justice’s latest consultation which asked for views on how the new two-tier system should be run.

Published on 29 February 2008
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LITRG welcomed the opportunity to respond to HM Treasury’s consultation document entitled Paying a fairer share: a consultation on residence and domicile.

Published on 29 February 2008
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The government is planning to make people from overseas pay more tax in the UK. The problem with the government’s present approach is that, whilst their target may be the wealthy, hundreds of thousands of people with ordinary jobs, including many poor people will get caught up in the chase after the rich.

Published on 29 February 2008
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In many parts of the tax system the law and processes are so complex that they defeat the mythical “man on the Clapham omnibus” (and perhaps some of the advisers travelling with him). Also “your local HMRC man” is becoming equally mythical as HMRC drive their customers to search the web or consult a Helpline.

Published on 26 February 2008
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On 25 October the Prime Minister asked Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, and Dr Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, to carry out an independent r

Published on 26 February 2008
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A common misconception amongst pensioners is that the state pension is not taxable – after all, why would the Government give money out only to take some of it back? But the state pension is indeed taxable. Then again surely HMRC – a Government body – should know how much state pension you are receiving from the Pension Service – another Government body? Not necessarily.

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