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Tax credit claimants earning over £20,000 may see sharp cuts in payments as HMRC recover overpayments at a higher rate, says a concerned Low Incomes Tax Reform Group. 

The LITRG has welcomed the Budget commitment to explore simplifying the tax rules for businesses, self-employed people and landlords. But it warns the Government against treating those who can engage with HMRC digitally more favourably than those who cannot, unless justifiable on other grounds.   

As announced at Autumn Statement 20151, the government has been considering possible legislation to amend the changes made by Finance Act 2015 to Entrepreneurs’ Relief, in order to support businesses by ensuring that the relief remains available on certain genuine commercial transactions.

Tax advisers have cautiously welcomed changes to taxation of business energy which should reduce complexity in this area.

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed the announcement in today’s Budget of mentoring support for low earning self-employed workers to help them grow their businesses. However LITRG is warning that changes are needed to the financial support that low earning self-employed workers get too.

The Chancellor has announced today in the Budget that having gone up to £11,000 in the tax year beginning 6 April 2016, the personal allowance will rise again to £11,500 in 2017/18. The marriage allowance will increase commensurately to £1,150 in 2017/18. 

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has welcomed today’s announcement that the Government is investing £71 million to make it quicker and easier for individuals and small businesses to deal with HMRC, but says that this investment must lead to an improvement in HMRC’s service standards.

The Chancellor has announced today in the Budget that from 6 April 2017, there will be two new allowances for individuals with small amounts of property income or trading income. Each allowance will be £1,000. 

The Government announced today that HMRC’s Real Time Information (RTI) system is to be used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to reduce fraud and error in benefits.

The Government announced today that the new Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme, originally due to start in Autumn 2015, will roll out in early 2017. Parents of the youngest children will enter the scheme first and it will be open to all eligible parents by the end of 2017. The Government also confirmed today that the existing scheme, Employer-Supported Childcare, will close to new entrants from April 2018.