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Published on 4 July 2005
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The new department of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs owes a special responsibility to those who rely wholly or mainly upon the department for advice and explanations about their obligations and entitlements under the tax and tax credits systems.

Published on 4 July 2005
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Employers who provide generous sickness or maternity arrangements can, through no fault of their own, contribute towards tax credit overpayments of their employees. This is due to rules hidden in the small print of tax credits law and arises most often where generous employers have schemes that continue longer than the state provides.

Published on 30 June 2005
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It’s enough to be persecuted or tortured in your home country without having the forces of bureaucracy descending upon when you have fled for shelter to the UK. This is what is happening here to some refugees granted asylum when trying to deal with the Revenue and to be paid what they are due.

Published on 22 June 2005
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The latest report from the National Audit Office (NAO) 'HM Revenue and Customs: Filing of Income Tax Self Assessment Returns' published today, highlights the disadvantages that exist for unrepresented taxpayers within the self assessment system and calls for greater support for these taxpayers.

Published on 16 June 2005
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Whilst the tax credits system is settling down, complaining about its operation has become routine, rather than the exception. The advantage of a complaint is that if things are not dealt with appropriately at some point in the process, an independent third-party will be able to take a view.

Published on 14 June 2005
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The new department of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs owes a special responsibility to those who rely wholly or mainly upon the department for advice and explanations about their obligations and entitlements under the tax and tax credits systems.

Published on 27 May 2005
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Yesterday, the PMG, Dawn Primarolo issued an important written statement to the House of Commons and it is reproduced at the end of this article. It represents the first public acknowledgement that some of the improvements that LITRG and other groups have been highlighting for some time do require immediate attention.

Published on 9 May 2005
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We don't like to boast at LITRG but it is good to receive recognition from your peers. So when, last week, LITRG won the prestigious LexisNexis award for "best tax website" for 2005 we were quietly pleased. Last year's winners were the Inland Revenue who have rather more funds than we do, so it was good to see recognition for what can be done with very limited resources.

Published on 4 May 2005
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With the coming into force today of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, same-sex couples may justly be celebrating their newly found, hard-won recognition in the eyes of the law. But it comes at a price for those claiming tax credits and benefits.

Published on 13 April 2005
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In our first article on childcare vouchers we indicated that employees who get help with their childcare costs through tax credits should be very careful before taking childcare vouchers from their employers. They could be a lot worse off.