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Published on 30 June 2020
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is encouraging self-employed people impacted by COVID-19 to double-check whether they are entitled to the first round of the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant before the claim window closes on 13 July.1

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Published on 30 June 2020
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If you are employed and you now need to claim universal credit (UC) due to a reduction in your income, perhaps because your hours have been reduced or you are coming off furlough, you should be aware of how pay information is used for UC purposes and how this may affect the payments you receive.

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Published on 26 June 2020
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Domiciliary care workers (those that travel around looking after people in their own homes) do a hugely important job but can sometimes face challenges in understanding their minimum wage, tax and benefits positions, due to the complexity of the rules combined with their varied travel and working patterns.

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Published on 18 June 2020
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HMRC have recently advised employers who have over-claimed what they need to do to rectify the situation. But what if you have under-claimed?

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Published on 16 June 2020
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UPDATE: Under the test and trace system that launched on 28 May, a person who has been notified that they have had contact with a person with coronavirus is to self-isolate for 14 days or until the date specified in their test and trace notice.

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Published on 11 June 2020
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The Access to Work scheme provides government grants to help disabled people start, or stay in, work. It is open to the employed and the self-employed. The coronavirus pandemic might have affected working life for some disabled people and may have even caused people to become disabled or ill. You might therefore wish to look into whether Access to Work can help you during this time.

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Published on 10 June 2020
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Entering into an arrangement where you are paid in the form of artificial 'non-taxable' investment payments, grants, loans, credits and so on, is very likely to be tax avoidance and is extremely high risk – you could end up paying far more than just the tax back to HMRC.

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Published on 10 June 2020
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is concerned that recipients of the Government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant1 might not realise that it is taxable. It has led LITRG to warn that, for many, a third of the grant might have to be ‘paid back’, in tax and Class 4 National Insurance (NIC).

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Published on 8 June 2020
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The Scottish Government has confirmed that Social Security Scotland will pay an extra ‘coronavirus’ carer’s allowance supplement of £230.10. This will be paid from late June 2020, together with the regular six-monthly carer’s allowance supplement payment.

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Published on 8 June 2020
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People let out property for various reasons. A common example is where you and a partner both own a house and you have moved in together and decided to let the other property out.