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Published on 20 July 2020
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If you have been instructed by your employer to cease all work, and your period of inactivity lasted for at least 21 days, then it is our understanding that if this was done with your agreement, it may be possible for this to be considered as a furlough period for the purposes of your employer claiming a Job Retention Scheme grant for you. This article explains the detail.

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Published on 17 July 2020
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If you have been affected by the coronavirus, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have relaxed their time limits for you to challenge decisions made by them, including appealing against penalty assessments. So dig out those letters from the taxman that you were trying to ignore – and take action. 

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Published on 15 July 2020
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Last year, LITRG published a guide to self-employment to provide additional material for self-employed individuals and voluntary sector advisers who help the low-income self-employed. The guide has proved popular, being downloaded over 85,000 times by LITRG website users and has received positive feedback.

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Published on 14 July 2020
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HMRC has lost a recent case at the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) in which they attempted to make backdated assessments of high income child benefit charge on a PAYE taxpayer. In the circumstances, HMRC were found to lack the necessary legal mechanism to make the assessment.

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Published on 14 July 2020
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As redundancy becomes all the more common in the current economic landscape, LITRG has published additional guidance for individuals being made redundant by their employer.

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Published on 13 July 2020
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Losing someone who was helping others during this pandemic must be very difficult. If the death also potentially results in an inheritance tax bill, that can add to the trauma.

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Published on 9 July 2020
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If you complete a Self Assessment tax return then you may be required to make ‘payments on account’ (advance payments towards your tax liability for the year). However, the government have stated that you can defer your second payment on account for 2019/20, normally due 31 July 2020, if you are in financial difficulties because of the coronavirus.

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Published on 8 July 2020
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Under an extension to the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), some individuals who did not previously qualify for a grant at all may be able to claim. This extension applies where pregnancy or certain parental responsibilities (such as taking time off for maternity, paternity or adoption) affected your income in the 2018/19 tax year.

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Published on 8 July 2020
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HMRC have sent out 'notices to file' to people who they believe may have to report and pay the loan charge by the forthcoming 30 September 2020 deadline.

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Published on 7 July 2020
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If you have recently used a tax refund company to help claim a one-off refund, the paperwork that you signed may mean that they can continue to collect other tax refunds due to you. We have added some new guidance to our website which explains more about the issue and what can be done about it.