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Published on 31 March 2005
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People carrying out ordinary family arrangements may in future have to pay income tax without actually receiving any income, under anti-avoidance legislation coming into force from 6 April. The new charge to income tax on'pre-owned assets' was conceived to counter sophisticated schemes set up to avoid inheritance tax.

Published on 31 March 2005
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People carrying out ordinary family arrangements may in future have to pay income tax without actually receiving any income, under anti-avoidance legislation coming into force from 6 April. The new charge to income tax on'pre-owned assets' was conceived to counter sophisticated schemes set up to avoid inheritance tax.

Published on 30 March 2005
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Robin Williamson -Technical Director of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group offers a LITRG view of the Budget 2005. This article was originally published in Tax Journal on 04 April 2005 and it is reprinted here with the publishers' kind permission.

Published on 23 March 2005
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Tax becomes payable on an income of around £91 per week if you are under 65 years of age. Various means-tested benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) apply at those levels of income. Basically DWP should only assess someone's means after any tax they have paid on related income has been taken into account.

Published on 16 March 2005
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We were glad to see the Chancellor make some improvements to help most people whom we try to support.

Published on 9 March 2005
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A death is one of those occasions where the bereaved need the greatest help possible from everyone around them and government departments can play their part. The Inland Revenue have just issued a new leaflet called 'Contacting the Inland Revenue when someone has died' (IR45).

Published on 8 March 2005
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A number of foster carers have reported that if they claim working tax credit (WTC) by calling the tax credits helpline, they are told that they are not entitled because their income is too high.

Published on 22 February 2005
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Going overseas for a significant period of time or permanently, requires an individual to disentangle as simply as possible from the Inland Revenue. Being on a low income does not necessarily make the process easier. We consider in this article whether the Revenue make things as simple as they could do.

Published on 21 February 2005
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The concept of your generous tax credits system is to lift people out of poverty. But from time to time, the reverse is true: HMRC systems are not yet sufficiently honed to react to real need when people are at their most vulnerable. When they are on income support, the last thing people need is for their child tax credit to be reduced by the Revenue trying to claw back an earlier overpayment.

Published on 14 February 2005
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It is six years since LITRG first made a range of suggestions as to how the Inland Revenue could improve its complaints handling. Some small improvements have been made over that time, but generally there is a long way still to go, particularly in the handling of complaints from people on low incomes.