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Published on 3 February 2005
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The nascent HMRC, the merger between the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise, is in the midst of a major consultation exercise on its future Mission. This can be seen as either a genuine attempt to shape the future direction of the new entity or a marketing consultants attempt to explain what this diverse government department will be doing.

Published on 24 January 2005
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UK taxpayers who are also tax credit claimants can claim gift aid relief and may thereby increase their tax credit entitlement. But, inexplicably, the Revenue are reluctant to provide the means whereby gift aided donations can easily be recognised in tax credit awards.

Published on 14 January 2005
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When the Revenue make an error and overpay tax credits, this debt can be written off if it is reasonable for the individual to have thought that their award was correct. Welfare and tax bodies have been unhappy that the Revenue seem to expect tax credit claimants to have a greater understanding of the tax credit system and award notices than is realistic.

Published on 6 January 2005
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Although much is being made in the press and media of the advantage of gift aid relief when giving to charities such as those helping the victims of the tsunami, many fail to mention that you should not sign a gift aid declaration if you are a non-taxpayer.

Published on 4 January 2005
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Following the tsunami disaster on Boxing Day, many people living in the UK will be making previously unplanned visits to relatives overseas. But beware: temporary absence overseas can cost a working couple their childcare support payments.

Published on 2 December 2004
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In his pre-budget report today the Chancellor made no significant short-term changes for those on low incomes. Those he did make will not address any of the fundamental complexities of the tax, tax credit, pension credit and other welfare systems to which these new figures are to be applied.

Published on 24 November 2004
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Robin Williamson, Technical Director of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), considers why the Comptroller and Auditor General has qualified the Board’s accounts in respect of tax credits. This article was originally published in Tax Journal on 22 November 2004 and it is reprinted here with the publisher's kind permission.

Published on 22 November 2004
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We are grateful for the opportunity to respond to the Revenue's further consultation document dated 16 August 2004

Published on 22 November 2004
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An obscure tax measure to be introduced next April could impose an annual tax charge on people living in their own homes who have done no more than make ordinary financial arrangements within their own families.

Published on 22 November 2004
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The Revenue have announced today the start of another Taxback campaign to try and reach, by a series of publicity initiatives, the millions of low-income families who never reclaim the tax that they have overpaid. The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group welcomes this move.