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Published on 18 July 2006
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Starting this month (July) HMRC are trying out new methods of approaching taxpayers who HMRC think might not be doing everything right in relation to their tax affairs. In explaining their prospective approach in a consultation document HMRC have used comforting words like “coaching” and allowing HMRC to “advise business on any changes required to their procedures”.

Published on 14 July 2006
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Statistics published in May have confirmed that the level of tax credit overpayments in 2004-05, the second year of the system’s operation, has fallen not far short of the 2003-04 total, at £1.7bn. This sharply focuses the financial distress suffered by many low-income families from whom overpayments are being recovered well in excess of their ability to repay.

Published on 26 June 2006
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Even after intense lobbying by a group including several mental health charities, and a debate in the House of Commons, the Government’s proposals on the taxation of trusts still pose a serious threat to many disabled people who rely on trusts to manage their financial affairs.

Published on 22 June 2006
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LITRG has highlighted concerns in our response to government that the proposals to move to greater online filing of tax returns and separate, earlier, filing dates for those who continue to submit paper returns has been given insufficient consideration by the government.

Published on 22 June 2006
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LITRG has highlighted concerns in our response to government that the proposals to move to greater online filing of tax returns and separate, earlier, filing dates for

Published on 7 June 2006
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The Treasury Sub-Committee of MPs, in their report on the administration of tax credits, have adopted one of LITRG’s main recommendations to achieve greater fairness in the way HMRC decides whether to collect, or to write off, tax credit overpayments that arise from official error.

Published on 25 May 2006
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We have highlighted on this website before how difficult it can be to get through to HMRC on one of their Helplines, particularly for tax credits. Many people who have advised us of their problems have explained how many times they have had to telephone HMRC and then wait…..and wait. But how much is this costing you and are HMRC telling you the full story about that cost?

Published on 22 May 2006
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Few will have missed the negative press coverage of the Government’s proposals in this year’s Budget to tighten up the inheritance tax rules on trusts. LITRG now has one overriding concern. That is – how will the new rules affect trusts for disabled people? That worry is shared by charities in the field, particularly those concerned with mental health.

Published on 28 April 2006
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HMRC’s recent consultation exercise on Modernising powers, deterrents and safeguards fails to reflect wider social and legal developments, whereby individuals are viewed as citizens who have rights which must be respected. This is the key message in LITRG’s response.

Published on 24 April 2006
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For years and years the Cabinet Office has promoted the idea that joined-up government is working. But a quick browse of the LITRG website will show that lack of joined-up government makes life extremely complex for those on low incomes. The latest example to demonstrate how far we have to go to achieve that goal has just been produced by the Department of Health (DOH)