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Published on 9 April 2020
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Self-employed people yet to submit their 2018/19 self assessment tax return have until 23 April 2020 or risk missing-out on potential financial support from the Government during the COVID-19 outbreak, says the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG).

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Published on 9 April 2020
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HMRC are reminding parents of newborns that they are still able to claim child benefit even though they cannot register the child’s birth because the General Register Office is currently closed.

Below, we explain briefly about child benefit and what you need to do to claim.

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Published on 8 April 2020
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⚠️ Please note this information is changing rapidly due to information being published by GOV.UK and HMRC – we recommend that you also check our coronavirus guidance for up to date information

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Published on 8 April 2020
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When someone has been working on a self-employed basis (i.e. as a sole trader) and their business begins to develop, the next step can often be to incorporate and provide their services via a limited company.

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Published on 7 April 2020
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One of the pieces of information an employer needs to set you up properly on their payroll system is a National Insurance number (NINO). This number is unique to each individual and allows tax and National Insurance contribution (NIC) information to be collected as well as giving access to the state benefit system.

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Published on 6 April 2020
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Quite rightly, many people have been finding ways to show thanks to those at the forefront of dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. LITRG would also like to thank the more ‘invisible’ cohort of civil servants, such as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) staff, working behind the scenes.

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Published on 3 April 2020
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We regularly receive queries via our website. We do not give advice, but we try to signpost 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.

Published on 2 April 2020
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation has published a new section of its website bringing together all of the Group’s tax and related benefit guidance relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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Published on 1 April 2020
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It is a chaotic and difficult time and, given the pressure many businesses are under, some may have been expecting the scheduled increases to be delayed. However, the 1 April minimum wage increases have gone ahead as planned and should not be overlooked by either employers or employees.

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Published on 31 March 2020
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Working tax credit entitlement is based on meeting certain working hour thresholds (16, 24 or 30 depending on your circumstances). The number of hours you work is generally based on your ‘normal’ working hours.

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