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Published on 11 December 2019
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The normal deadline for sending in paper Self Assessment tax returns for the year to 5 April 2019 (the 2018/19 tax year) was 31 October 2019. We have recently heard of several cases where HMRC have put the wrong figures into their computer system from the paper return. This article explains why you should check your tax calculation carefully.

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Published on 11 December 2019
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If your partner is affected by the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC), there are some traps which you need to be aware of. In this article, we explain what you need to do in order to avoid them.

Published on 11 December 2019
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A team of researchers is carrying out research into public awareness about Scottish income tax and requests volunteers to take part in a focus group.*

Published on 5 December 2019
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LITRG is calling on HMRC to consider using their powers to remove the requirement that those in the loan charge settlement process – who have not settled by 31 January 2020 – should have to file a tax return to report the charge, only to amend it to remove the charge once settlement is reached.

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Published on 5 December 2019
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Recent research suggests that up to 4% of students are self-employed, usually by selling items based on craft hobbies or re-selling items regularly on internet auction sites.

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Published on 29 November 2019
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HMRC’s direct dial phone numbers normally begin with 0300. For a long time, commercial businesses have been taking advantage of people not really knowing this, let alone the exact number they need – but hopefully not for much longer!

Published on 26 November 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed a commitment in the Conservative manifesto to ‘conduct a comprehensive review to look at how to fix’1 an injustice which means many low-income workers unfairly miss out on tax relief.

Published on 25 November 2019
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The loan charge review was originally expected to report in mid-November. Due to the general election on 12 December, the report will now be delivered to the new Government on its formation instead. It could therefore easily be January before any decisions are made. As a result, HMRC have published updated guidance announcing new obligations for many people in the settlement process.

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Published on 20 November 2019
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When you finish work, perhaps because your contract has come to an end or you have been made redundant or have even been sacked, it isn’t unusual to need to claim financial support from the government. If you claim universal credit, you need to understand how any final pay from your old employer can impact on your claim.

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Published on 18 November 2019
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HMRC have started to send out letters to some tenants where they think the property is owned by an overseas company or trust as the landlord. This article explains more about the letters and what action you need to take.