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Published on 26 October 2006
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A recent LITRG review of local authorities’ websites (see link below) shows a patchy performance by Councils in publicising relief from council tax for taxpayers with disabilities.

Published on 21 September 2006
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In a new Report, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) considers how to reform the system of tax appeals to the best advantage of unrepresented taxpayers with limited means to pursue an appeal. This group is likely to form the majority of appellants before the tax tribunals.

Published on 21 September 2006
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LITRG have participated in the consultations about tribunals reform which followed the recent White Paper.

Published on 21 September 2006
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Following the Leggatt report and the Department for Constitutional Affairs White Paper, LITRG has participated in consultations on tribunals reform. We have considered specific aspects of the proposals for reforming the tax appeal tribunals for a user on a low to modest income, probably without professional representation.

Published on 7 September 2006
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Immediate Release: 07.09.2006

Published on 7 September 2006
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HMRC are still silent about whether they are going to review again the tax credit cases where they made errors and then refused to write off the overpayments that these errors caused. LITRG proposed a review of these cases and back in June the influential Treasury Select Committee agreed that this should be done.

Published on 9 August 2006
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For eighteen months LITRG has been calling for HMRC to explain why childcare vouchers are unlikely to be a help for those on low or modest incomes. HMRC’s latest guidance explains many of the pitfalls. But there remain other ways in which HMRC could help people struggling to understand the interactions between different types of childcare support.

Published on 7 August 2006
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A recent research report from the Department of Work and Pensions shows that the horror stories of tax credit overpayments is putting off some pensioners from claiming State Pension Credit. But in reality claiming the Pension Credit is nowhere near as beset with difficulty as claiming Tax Credits.

Published on 2 August 2006
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Robin Williamson, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group’s Technical Director, considers the latest position regarding disabled trusts as a result of the Government’s proposals for bringing most life interest and accumulation and maintenance settlements within the charging provisions applicable to discretionary trusts.

Published on 25 July 2006
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Robin Williamson, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group’s Technical Director, considers the report of the Treasury Sub-Committee on the administration of tax credits This article was originally published in Tax Journal on 24 July 2006 and it is reprinted here with the publisher's kind permission.