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Published on 21 September 2006
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Following the Leggatt report and the Department for Constitutional Affairs White Paper, LITRG has participated in consultations on tribunals reform. We have considered specific aspects of the proposals for reforming the tax appeal tribunals for a user on a low to modest income, probably without professional representation.

Published on 7 September 2006
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Immediate Release: 07.09.2006

Published on 7 September 2006
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HMRC are still silent about whether they are going to review again the tax credit cases where they made errors and then refused to write off the overpayments that these errors caused. LITRG proposed a review of these cases and back in June the influential Treasury Select Committee agreed that this should be done.

Published on 9 August 2006
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For eighteen months LITRG has been calling for HMRC to explain why childcare vouchers are unlikely to be a help for those on low or modest incomes. HMRC’s latest guidance explains many of the pitfalls. But there remain other ways in which HMRC could help people struggling to understand the interactions between different types of childcare support.

Published on 7 August 2006
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A recent research report from the Department of Work and Pensions shows that the horror stories of tax credit overpayments is putting off some pensioners from claiming State Pension Credit. But in reality claiming the Pension Credit is nowhere near as beset with difficulty as claiming Tax Credits.

Published on 2 August 2006
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Robin Williamson, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group’s Technical Director, considers the latest position regarding disabled trusts as a result of the Government’s proposals for bringing most life interest and accumulation and maintenance settlements within the charging provisions applicable to discretionary trusts.

Published on 25 July 2006
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Robin Williamson, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group’s Technical Director, considers the report of the Treasury Sub-Committee on the administration of tax credits This article was originally published in Tax Journal on 24 July 2006 and it is reprinted here with the publisher's kind permission.

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.