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Published on 14 June 2005
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The new department of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs owes a special responsibility to those who rely wholly or mainly upon the department for advice and explanations about their obligations and entitlements under the tax and tax credits systems.

Published on 27 May 2005
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Yesterday, the PMG, Dawn Primarolo issued an important written statement to the House of Commons and it is reproduced at the end of this article. It represents the first public acknowledgement that some of the improvements that LITRG and other groups have been highlighting for some time do require immediate attention.

Published on 9 May 2005
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We don't like to boast at LITRG but it is good to receive recognition from your peers. So when, last week, LITRG won the prestigious LexisNexis award for "best tax website" for 2005 we were quietly pleased. Last year's winners were the Inland Revenue who have rather more funds than we do, so it was good to see recognition for what can be done with very limited resources.

Published on 4 May 2005
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With the coming into force today of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, same-sex couples may justly be celebrating their newly found, hard-won recognition in the eyes of the law. But it comes at a price for those claiming tax credits and benefits.

Published on 13 April 2005
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In our first article on childcare vouchers we indicated that employees who get help with their childcare costs through tax credits should be very careful before taking childcare vouchers from their employers. They could be a lot worse off.

Published on 12 April 2005
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Until now, children could go to their grandparents to be looked after while their parents are working; and if grandparents have applied for approval as child carers, parents are able to claim help with child care costs through working tax credit.

Published on 11 April 2005
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"No taxation without representation" was one of the battlecries from which our democratic structures have evolved. But it has been seriously undermined in 2005.

Published on 9 April 2005
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Employer provided childcare vouchers which are free of tax and national insurance up to £50 per week are to be introduced from 6 April. Employers are being encouraged to provide them for their staff, but many people will be worse off if they take vouchers rather than a cash alternative.

Published on 8 April 2005
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A major problem with the way the Revenue administer the tax credits system is how, in deciding whether or not to recover overpayments of tax credit, they act as judge and jury in their own cause. In particular, when an overpayment is due to Revenue error, and the Revenue still insist on recovering it, the claimant can experience a considerable sense of injustice.

Published on 5 April 2005
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When pensioners first start to receive the State Retirement Pension (SRP) their tax affairs can go off the rails for the first time in their lives. Unfortunately, inadequate Inland Revenue or DWP processes and lack of guidance mean that this happens all too often. The results can be overpayments of tax, underpayments of benefits or unnecessary forms to complete.