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Published on 19 August 2019

Primary and secondary school teachers often spend their own money on things they need to do their job. We are often asked whether tax relief can be claimed on these expenses. We know this is an area that causes real confusion – this article explains what you need to know.

Published on 8 August 2019

Universal credit (UC) is often a lifeline for those on a low income but sometimes payments can be reduced or stop unexpectedly, for example where two pay packets are received in one UC assessment period. When this happens, it can be more than an inconvenience, it can mean that people cannot pay for vital living costs.

Published on 2 August 2019

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is urging people to contact HMRC if they have missed the tax credits renewals deadline (31 July). The sooner people contact HMRC then the sooner they can get their tax credit payments re-started – or if they are lucky, they might catch HMRC in time to renew before their payments are stopped.

Published on 31 July 2019

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed today’s report from the House of Commons Treasury Sub-committee which makes recommendations on HMRC’s approach to dispute resolution – including calling for HMRC to urgently review and improve the guidance it makes available to vulnerable taxpayers.

Published on 30 July 2019

LITRG highlighted the risks and complexity facing Scottish claimants of welfare benefits, with a particular focus on universal credit.

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Published on 24 July 2019

The deadline for tax credit renewals is nearly here again. If you claimed tax credits during 2018/19 and have received renewal forms from HMRC, you must act by 31 July so that your tax credits can continue and your payments do not stop.

Published on 24 July 2019

LITRG welcomes the Government’s focus on those who need extra help in a series of measures announced yesterday to strengthen public trust in HMRC.

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Published on 23 July 2019

The second Self Assessment payment on account for 2018/19 is due by 31 July 2019. But what should you do if you think you are due to make a payment but you don’t receive a statement of account from HMRC advising you what to pay this year?

Published on 22 July 2019

We regularly receive queries via our website. We do not give advice, but we try to signpost sources of further information and support. Some of the replies might be useful to others, so occasionally we will post them anonymously as ‘question and answer’ news items. We have received a question recently on whether there is anything that can be done about call connection service charges.

Published on 17 July 2019

Now that the loan charge has come into effect, it is time to look at some of the practical considerations around reporting and paying the loan charge. If you are on a low income, there are a number of steps you still need to go through between now and the 31st January 2020, even if you don’t think you will be able to afford to pay what you owe. We explain the steps in this article.