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Published on 14 May 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has meant that some jobs have stopped in their tracks, while other industries need extra staff. If you take on an extra job, especially if it is only temporary, your PAYE tax deductions can get in a muddle.

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Published on 14 May 2020
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Many employees have been asked to work from home in recent weeks. This seems to have resulted in some confusion about what expenses you can claim tax relief on. If you are claiming tax back from HMRC, make sure you get your claim right.

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Published on 12 May 2020
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Did you stop working (and being paid), or take a pension before 6 April 2020? If so, you might be due a tax refund for the 2019/20 tax year, as the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system may not have taken the correct tax from your wages or pension. Here’s how to check if you can claim a tax refund and, if so, possibly speed up receiving it.

Published on 12 May 2020
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) worries that some people who are eligible to apply for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant have not received correspondence from HMRC.

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Published on 11 May 2020
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This article updates our previously published article on how to claim a Job Retention Scheme grant, based on new information provided by HMRC and our own experiences of testing the calculator and the system.

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Published on 7 May 2020
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⚠️ Since the publication of this news article it has been confirmed that the closing date for making a claim for the first SEISS grant is 13 July. we now understand that the grant will be treated as taxable income in the year of receipt, so in the 2020/21 tax year.

Published on 4 May 2020
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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues and many are forced to turn to the welfare benefit system, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) highlights to new universal credit claimants that they may have a window of opportunity to open a four-year Help to Save account – which pays a tax-free bonus of up to 50p per £1 saved.

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Published on 4 May 2020
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From 1 May 2020, HMRC will start to charge you daily penalties of £10 if you have not yet submitted your 2018/19 Self Assessment tax return (assuming the return was not issued late). Unless HMRC agree to cancel the need for a tax return, you should send it in as soon as possible – online, rather than on paper.

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Published on 27 April 2020
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If you are claiming universal credit (UC) and are furloughed, your UC award may not be the amount you expect. It is important to be aware of this so you can plan for any changes to your finances.

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Published on 24 April 2020
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The Scottish Government has announced financial support for the newly self-employed. This will take the form of grants to be paid in early May. 

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