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Published on 20 June 2007
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Every spring most householders receive a council tax demand – invariably higher than last year’s. The amount to be paid depends on the value of the property, not the income of the householders, and many people struggle to pay. But the consequences of getting behind with the payments can be very unpleasant.

Published on 30 May 2007
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For too long pensioners on low incomes have been a low priority in the tax world of HMRC.

Published on 30 May 2007
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Pensioners on low incomes do not receive the help from HM Revenue & Customs that they deserve and as a consequence too many mistakes are made which mean that they pay too much tax. A new, comprehensive, report from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group sets out a range of improvements which the incoming Prime Minister would be well advised to embrace.

Published on 25 May 2007
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LITRG's response to ODI consultative document – Equality for Disabled People: How do we know we are making progress? (February 2007)

Published on 15 May 2007
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LITRG's response to ODI consultative document – Equality for Disabled People: How do we know we are making progress? (February 2007)

Published on 11 May 2007
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For years HMRC and its predecessor organisations have admitted that they really ought to do better at handling the complaints of its customers. So it is doubly disappointing that the new HMRC have not yet been able to build upon even their own best practice as they introduce a new approach to complaints.

Published on 8 May 2007
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Pensioners who have deferred their State Pension in order to receive a lump sum will have some serious thinking to do after the tax changes announced in the Budget. It was thought that pensioners of 65 or over could not be worse off than in the current tax year by the Chancellor raising allowances from April 2008 whilst removing the 10% lower rate tax band. This is not so.

 

Published on 18 April 2007
submissions

In our submission LITRG focused on the effect on delivery of tax credits as this major issue encapsulates the observations we particularly wanted to make to the sub-co

Published on 18 April 2007
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In an unprecedented move HMRC has announced a deal for people who have offshore bank accounts and who may not have disclosed everything that they ought to the tax authorities. Rather less publicity has been given to a parallel deal for anybody with something to confess to the tax authorities not connected to offshore accounts (the “onshore deal”).

Published on 17 April 2007
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In November 2006 the rules about what changes of circumstances you must report to the Tax Credit Office changed. From 6th April 2007 the time limit for reporting these changes has reduced from 3 months to 1 month.

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