Latest news

Published on 1 July 2020
news

HMRC have written to around one million tax credit claimants after omitting important income figures from their renewal notices.1 LITRG advises all tax credit claimants to check their paperwork carefully and are urging HMRC to use the full extent of their powers to correct any issues that may arise later due to this glitch.

Illustration of a hand holding a sign saying tax credits renewal
Published on 30 June 2020
news

HMRC have written to around 1 million tax credit claimants after an error was discovered on the auto-renewal notices sent after 6 April 2020. This article explains what the letter means and answers questions you might have about it.

Published on 30 June 2020
news

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is encouraging self-employed people impacted by COVID-19 to double-check whether they are entitled to the first round of the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant before the claim window closes on 13 July.1

People holding letters spelling pay day
Published on 30 June 2020
news

If you are employed and you now need to claim universal credit (UC) due to a reduction in your income, perhaps because your hours have been reduced or you are coming off furlough, you should be aware of how pay information is used for UC purposes and how this may affect the payments you receive.

Illustration of an elderly woman in a wheelchair with her carer
Published on 26 June 2020
news

Domiciliary care workers (those that travel around looking after people in their own homes) do a hugely important job but can sometimes face challenges in understanding their minimum wage, tax and benefits positions, due to the complexity of the rules combined with their varied travel and working patterns.

Image of miniature shopping trolley with a job retention scheme tag inside
Published on 18 June 2020
news

HMRC have recently advised employers who have over-claimed what they need to do to rectify the situation. But what if you have under-claimed?

Image of letters spelling trace track and isolate
Published on 16 June 2020
news

Under the test and trace system that launched on 28 May, a person who has been notified that they have had contact with a person with coronavirus is to self-isolate for 14 days. The rules relating to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) have been amended to include employees who are self-isolating in these circumstances.

Image of the disability sign with models of people standing on it
Published on 11 June 2020
news

The Access to Work scheme provides government grants to help disabled people start, or stay in, work. It is open to the employed and the self-employed. The coronavirus pandemic might have affected working life for some disabled people and may have even caused people to become disabled or ill. You might therefore wish to look into whether Access to Work can help you during this time.

(c) Shutterstock / Talaj
Published on 10 June 2020
news

Entering into an arrangement where you are paid in the form of artificial 'non-taxable' investment payments, grants, loans, credits and so on, is very likely to be tax avoidance and is extremely high risk – you could end up paying far more than just the tax back to HMRC.

Image of blocks spelling self and employed
Published on 10 June 2020
news

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is concerned that recipients of the Government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant1 might not realise that it is taxable. It has led LITRG to warn that, for many, a third of the grant might have to be ‘paid back’, in tax and Class 4 National Insurance (NIC).

Page actions