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Published on 5 April 2008
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Many people on low incomes will pay more tax from 6 April 2008. This is because the 10% tax rate will no longer exist for most kinds of income. Reports in the press have suggested that most people will be able to recoup those losses through tax credits. But that is not necessarily the case. It has also been suggested that low-income pensioners will be protected; again, not necessarily so.

Published on 28 March 2008
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In our report on Direct Payments published in January we recommended that there should be much better liaison between Government Departments. As if to illustrate that need, the Department of Health published this month their latest publication “A guide to receiving direct payments from your local council”.

Published on 20 March 2008
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HMRC is proposing to harmonise and extend its powers. Although LITRG has no fundamental disagreements with the emerging approaches we do have concerns about the detail. In our response to the latest consultations LITRG has called for taxpayer safeguards to be enshrined in law, not just reflected in internal guidance.

Published on 19 March 2008
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HMRC have just completed a consultation on whether employers should operate PAYE on benefits and expenses and whether the benefits rules for those earning less than &p

Published on 19 March 2008
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The deadline for submitting tax returns for 2006-07, and for paying the remainder of any tax due for that year, was 31 January 2008. Since then, HMRC’s systems have been generating £100 fixed penalty notices for tax returns filed late. For 2006/07 tax which was still unpaid at 28 February, 5% surcharge notices will also be issued.

Published on 19 March 2008
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HMRC have just completed a consultation on whether employers should operate PAYE on benefits and expenses and whether the benefits rules for those earning less than £8,500 should be changed. We have raised concerns about the impact of these proposals on some of the most vulnerable members of society. We have also recommended that further research is done before HMRC press ahead.

Published on 17 March 2008
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Most low income taxpayers are outside the self assessment system but increasing numbers are being brought within it, particularly pensioners. The deadline for filing paper returns will change for returns issued next month; it is to be brought forward to 31 October.

Published on 12 March 2008
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Alistair Darling, with very little room for manoeuvre, produced an unexciting prospect for those on low incomes in his Budget today. Nearly all of the changes from April were foreshadowed, but there were some small surprises (and disappointments at what was not) hidden in the small print.

Published on 5 March 2008
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The latest survey of morale within HMRC shows a continuing and worrying trend. It has been a bad few months for the organisation with the loss of data and a damning report on tax credits from the Ombudsman, but have too many straws been placed upon this camel’s back?

Published on 3 March 2008
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From April 2009, the projected reform of the tribunal system will embrace the tax appeal tribunals which hear disputes between taxpayers and HMRC.

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