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Published on 14 September 2023

Spreading your tax bill – budget payment plans

If you pay tax under self assessment, it can sometimes be difficult to ensure you have enough money to pay HMRC when the payment deadline arrives. It is often a good idea to put money aside regularly to pay your tax. Here we look at how HMRC budget payment plans work and how these can ease the stres...

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Published on 5 September 2023

Why is my tax refund being sent to a third party I’ve never heard of?

This is a question we are seeing being asked more and more, whether on HMRC’s online channels, in consumer internet forums, or in feedback received via our own website. It seems to be particularly prevalent when it comes to tax refund claims for PPI interest. Here we explain why you might be due ...

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Published on 30 August 2023

Child benefit tax trap warning for separated couples

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is asking separated couples to check that their child benefit claims do not unwittingly leave them exposed to the high income child benefit charge (HICBC).1 ...

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Published on 23 August 2023

Are you a self-employed PA/carer?

A new report on ‘Personal Assistant Employment Status’ has been put together by the National Direct Payments Forum, exploring self-employed personal assistant (PA)/carer arrangements. It also highlights the potential for ‘false self-employment’ in the care sector. Here we tell you more and highlight...

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Published on 11 August 2023

Is your ex-partner receiving child benefit for your child? Read this.

Some taxpayers have recently been told by HMRC that they owe a substantial amount as they have not paid the high income child benefit charge. These taxpayers thought the charge didn't apply to them because the child benefit payments were being paid into their ex-partner’s bank account. But because t...

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