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Published on 31 October 2018
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The Chancellor’s Budget 2018 was fairly light on major tax announcements. The key theme was that the hard work of the British people is paying off, and that as a result austerity is drawing to an end. The Chancellor said that he wanted to ensure a positive future for the UK by investing in public services, supporting business and improving living standards.

Published on 29 October 2018
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Campaigners are concerned that anti-avoidance changes announced in today’s Budget could leave low-paid workers in the lurch.

Published on 29 October 2018
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In today’s Budget, the Chancellor announced a package of changes to Universal Credit (UC) following growing concerns that the system is leaving people in hardship and not working as well as it should. LITRG welcomes the changes, but are concerned they do not go far enough to deal with the many problems that currently exist in the UC system.

Published on 29 October 2018
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Commenting on the increase in the personal allowance from £11,850 to £12,500 from 6 April 2019, Victoria Todd, Head of LITRG team, said:

Published on 29 October 2018
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The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is urging taxpayers in self-assessment not to freak out if they miss the 2017/18 paper tax return deadline on Wednesday – which coincides with Halloween – because they can avoid late filing penalties by submitting their return online by 31 January 2019 if they are well organised.

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Published on 24 October 2018
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We regularly receive queries via our website. We do not give advice, but we try to signpost sources of further information and support. Some of the replies might be useful to others, so occasionally we will post them anonymously as ‘question and answer’ news items. We have received a question recently on how arrears of pay made by employers should be taxed.

Published on 18 October 2018
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The LITRG welcomes the opportunity to respond to this inquiry on behalf of low-income and unrepresented taxpayers.

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Published on 17 October 2018
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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are encouraging employees, who have to spend their own money on things to do their job, to claim tax relief. You can work out whether or not you are eligible to claim using a guide and a new tool on GOV.UK. If you are eligible to claim, you can generally do so yourself for free, via an online form or by posting HMRC a form P87.

Published on 12 October 2018
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The loan charge date of 5th April 2019 is drawing ever closer. HMRC say that if you want to reach a settlement with them to avoid the loan charge but missed the 30 September registration deadline, you should still come forward.

Published on 11 October 2018
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We have been made aware that our website has been targeted as part of a phishing/spoof scam. This means that you may receive an email that appears to come from Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) (with an email address ending .litrg.org.uk) saying you may be entitled to a tax refund from HMRC. It may ask you to click a link within the email or open an attachment – do not open it!