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Published on 23 March 2006
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A generous Budget for the low-paid with children but no let-up in complexity says the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group

Published on 23 March 2006
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Very often it is the things which are not said during a Budget speech which give the greatest cause for concern. These can sometimes be seen more clearly after a day or so of reflection. We worry that the continuing complexity of the tax and welfare systems, coupled with inadequate resources and a low priority given to those on low incomes will mean a continuing deterioration in service.

Published on 16 March 2006
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The Low Incomes Tax reform group welcomes an opportunity of contributing to the debate into local government funding and we have now made two representations to the In

Published on 15 March 2006
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Two years ago Government Ministers undertook to take steps to try and ensure that pensioners who were overpaying tax would be helped by the tax authorities. It now seems that for some these steps will be too late and once again pensioners will lose out.

Published on 31 January 2006
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LITRG submitted Supplementary Evidence on the possible options for reforms of childcare element in Working Tax Credit in January 2006

Published on 26 January 2006
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The influential Treasury Sub-Committee of the House of Commons has started an inquiry into the way in which HM Revenue and Customs has administered the tax credits sys

Published on 26 January 2006
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During February, HMRC plans to write to or telephone selected tax credit claimants to encourage them to report in-year increases in income and other changes in circumstances.

Published on 23 January 2006
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But is it an improvement?

Published on 16 January 2006
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LITRG has strongly criticised HMRC's practice on collecting tax credit overpayments that are due to official error. Giving evidence to an influential body of MPs, LITRG said that the so-called 'reasonableness test' took no account of claimants with differing abilities and levels of comprehension.

Published on 8 December 2005
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The above heading is a valid question after our 91 attempts to speak to an HMRC helpline on which we reported two months ago. Not a happy experience. We decided to follow up this investigation by finding how easy it was to find a telephone number to contact the "tax man" in order to pay him a visit.