Press releases

 


The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has highlighted that some people on zero hours contracts will not see the full benefit of any premium added to the National Minimum Wage. This is because of knock on deductions in their entitlement to welfare benefits. LITRG is also concerned about how employers would react to such a premium, and has set out its own recommendations on how the Government could better support these vulnerable workers.

In his inaugural speech as President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), Ray McCann will today emphasise the importance of maintaining high professional standards in the tax profession, while also stressing the need for HMRC to show respect for the rights of taxpayers and the role of professionally qualified agents.

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) welcomes the publication of the first full annual strategy from Sir David Metcalf, the Director of Labour Market Enforcement – especially his recognition of the current problems with HMRC’s tax policing of intermediaries such as umbrella companies. LITRG hopes this report will provide a catalyst for more action by HMRC in this area.

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has raised serious concerns to the Government over its plans to extend the time limits for raising a tax assessment on offshore investments. Among those affected will be low income pensioners and migrants, not just the wealthy, LITRG says.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is highly critical of the Government’s proposal to extend significantly the tax assessment time limits indiscriminately in cases involving offshore matters. The Institute believes that the case for such a large and broadly applied increase has not been made and risks resulting in unfairness for taxpayers and perverse incentives toward the care taken with tax returns.

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed today’s House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee report which makes a number of recommendations on how universal credit could better support self-employed claimants, including calling for greater flexibility in income reporting periods and for better alignment with the tax system.

A new report highlights how care workers are losing out because of the confusing and unhelpful way in which their working arrangements and low pay interact with tax, welfare and minimum wage rules.

Commenting on the start of the Office of Tax Simplification’s review of inheritance tax, John Bunker, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Succession Taxes Sub-committee, said:

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has made a number of proposals for improving parliamentary scrutiny of the Finance Bill and other tax legislation.

Daily penalties of £10 will soon hit those yet to submit their 2016/17 Self-Assessment tax return form. It has led the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) to warn people in this position to file their return before the end of April in order to avoid the daily penalties accruing.