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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.

Published on 18 July 2006
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Starting this month (July) HMRC are trying out new methods of approaching taxpayers who HMRC think might not be doing everything right in relation to their tax affairs. In explaining their prospective approach in a consultation document HMRC have used comforting words like “coaching” and allowing HMRC to “advise business on any changes required to their procedures”.

Published on 14 July 2006
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Statistics published in May have confirmed that the level of tax credit overpayments in 2004-05, the second year of the system’s operation, has fallen not far short of the 2003-04 total, at £1.7bn. This sharply focuses the financial distress suffered by many low-income families from whom overpayments are being recovered well in excess of their ability to repay.

Published on 26 June 2006
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Even after intense lobbying by a group including several mental health charities, and a debate in the House of Commons, the Government’s proposals on the taxation of trusts still pose a serious threat to many disabled people who rely on trusts to manage their financial affairs.

Published on 22 June 2006
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LITRG has highlighted concerns in our response to government that the proposals to move to greater online filing of tax returns and separate, earlier, filing dates for those who continue to submit paper returns has been given insufficient consideration by the government.

Published on 22 June 2006
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LITRG has highlighted concerns in our response to government that the proposals to move to greater online filing of tax returns and separate, earlier, filing dates for

Published on 7 June 2006
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The Treasury Sub-Committee of MPs, in their report on the administration of tax credits, have adopted one of LITRG’s main recommendations to achieve greater fairness in the way HMRC decides whether to collect, or to write off, tax credit overpayments that arise from official error.

Published on 25 May 2006
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We have highlighted on this website before how difficult it can be to get through to HMRC on one of their Helplines, particularly for tax credits. Many people who have advised us of their problems have explained how many times they have had to telephone HMRC and then wait…..and wait. But how much is this costing you and are HMRC telling you the full story about that cost?