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Published on 23 October 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is warning those with outstanding tax credit debts that they risk having the money recouped forcibly from their wages. This follows the transfer of some tax credit debts from HMRC to the DWP.

Published on 23 October 2019
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How some tax credit debts are collected is changing. This could affect you if you have an ‘old’ outstanding tax credit overpayment. This article explains what is happening and stresses that you should not ignore any letters you receive from HMRC, DWP (or in Northern Ireland, the NI DfC) relating to tax credit debts. 

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Published on 23 October 2019
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One major cause of tax problems for those in employment, is the incorrect completion of the starter checklist – in particular picking the wrong employee statement (A, B or C). Here we explain what the different options mean and why it is so important to pick the one that matches your circumstances – if you want to avoid an unexpected and unwelcome tax bill at the end of the year, that is!

Claiming back tax refund
Published on 21 October 2019
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This a common question! The answer is usually somewhere between 5 days and 8 weeks, depending on a number of factors including the system involved (for example by PAYE or Self Assessment), whether you applied online or by paper; and whether HMRC make any security checks during the process. Read on to find out more.

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Published on 17 October 2019
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LITRG has submitted comments in response to a call for evidence issued by the Social Security Committee of the Scottish Parliament, which is examining the take-up of b

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Published on 15 October 2019
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While the LITRG agree that providing additional support for parents by way of statutory neonatal leave and pay is positive, it has not been made clear in this consulta

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Published on 15 October 2019
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We regularly receive queries via our websites. We do not give advice, but we try to signpost to 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 from a student loan borrower who has almost finished repaying their student loan.

Published on 14 October 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed the Government’s acceptance that further improvements are needed to the guidance on GOV.UK to help unrepresented taxpayers caught in a dispute with HMRC, and the Government’s commitment to continuing to refine and improve the extra support service that HMRC offer.

Published on 11 October 2019
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed the Office of Tax Simplification’s (OTS) Life Events report – especially its recommendation to address an inconsistency in tax rules which means that more than a million people on low incomes are losing out on tax relief on their pension contributions.

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Published on 11 October 2019
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If you are receiving rental income from a property in your home country, you may think that you only have to pay any tax on it in your home county. But that is incorrect – you may also have to pay tax on it here in the UK (and then deal with the double taxation).