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Published on 25 May 2004
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The vast majority of pension credit recipients do not pay tax. The levels for pension credit have been set to reflect the higher age tax allowances that are available for those who are 65 and over.

Published on 10 May 2004
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In this third article on tax credits overpayments, we consider overpayments which arise because the Revenue or another Department has made an error. In some cases the Revenue will agree not to recover the overpayment: we consider when, and what arguments can be deployed in the claimant’s favour.

Published on 7 May 2004
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The Government wishes to encourage people to give to charity. But its encouragement does not include giving by non-taxpayers. And there is a trap, which non-taxpayers ought to be careful to avoid.

Published on 5 May 2004
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LITRG response to a proposal to impose a new income tax charge

Published on 4 May 2004
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TaxHelp for Older People (TOP), the free tax advice service for older people on low incomes, was visited by the Moneybox team at one of TOP's regular sessions at Age Concern Wolverhampton. The TOP idea was developed by LITRG three years ago and put into practice in the South West of England and in Wolverhampton.

Published on 30 April 2004
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You can file your tax return on-line for free by using the Inland Revenue's on-line gateway. But if you are on a low income there are other options, some of which can be easier to use than that provided by the Revenue.

Published on 14 April 2004
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Big banks badly let down their low income customers. This is the conclusion of a review undertaken by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group. A mystery shopping exercise in over 50 branches revealed that only 20 could provide an up-to-date registration form to prevent the banks deducting excessive tax.

Published on 8 April 2004
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Tax credits overpayments cannot be avoided altogether, because they are built into the design of the system – they are part of how the whole process works. But they can be reduced if claimants are careful to tell the Revenue promptly if their income or circumstances change during the tax year.

Published on 8 April 2004
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Many people have claimed tax credits, and then been surprised to find that the Revenue has paid them too much and asks for the surplus back. This can cause considerable hardship to families on very low incomes. In this first of three short articles we consider how this can happen, and whether anything can be done about it.

Published on 26 March 2004
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In a statement in Parliament, the government Minister responsible for the Inland Revenue has said that 'all Inland Revenue Enquiry Offices (IRECs) are registered with the BT Typetalk service'. Nevertheless, LITRG has found that a great many IRECs are unprepared for calls from people with hearing impairments.