Press releases


HMRC say a glitch in their system that omitted Marriage Allowance claims from people’s Self Assessment tax calculations is fixed. Now LITRG is urging people who filed their 2018/19 tax return before 21 January using HMRC’s online system to check their calculation to ensure the Marriage Allowance claim was included in order that they do not overpay tax.

  • Nearly 90 per cent of respondents say that MTD for VAT has not reduced errors
  • The costs of MTD compliance have far exceeded government estimates
  • Just 14 per cent of respondents say there has been an increase in productivity in their organisation as a result of MTD for VAT

Results of a survey conducted by the CIOT and ATT about Making Tax Digital (MTD) strengthens the tax bodies’ shared view that the MTD project is far from achieving its goals. The survey results have led the two organisations to call jointly for a comprehensive review of the roll out of MTD for VAT before HMRC goes ahead with plans to roll out digital reporting obligations more widely.

The CIOT is alerting property owners with taxable gains on their residential properties to plan for a ‘seismic change’ in how tax is paid.

LITRG is urging people to complete their 2018/19 Self Assessment tax return online before 31 January 20201 or risk a fine from HMRC. HMRC charge an automatic penalty of £100 for tax returns that miss the 31 January deadline – and the penalties increase the longer you delay the submission of the tax return.2 LITRG is also highlighting that people who face the loan charge/or who are in the process of ‘settling’ their use of loan arrangements, are allowed to defer filing their returns until September 2020.

Responding to the Government’s announcement today (7 January) of a review of the proposed April 2020 changes to off-payroll working to address concerns from businesses and contractors about how they will be implemented, Colin Ben-Nathan, Chair of CIOT’s Employment Taxes Sub-committee, said:

Commenting on the tax implications for Scotland of an 11 March UK Budget date, Alexander Garden, chair of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Scottish Technical Committee, said:

Leading pensions and tax experts are calling on the Government to act quickly to deliver its manifesto promise1 to fix an unfair tax flaw. This flaw means around 1.7 million low-income workers (mostly women) are being unfairly charged 25 per cent more for their pensions as a result of the way their employer pension scheme operates.

LITRG is calling on the new Government to address the problems with the high income child benefit charge (HICBC). These are exacerbated by the fact that the threshold has remained static since it was introduced nearly seven years ago. We need to find a way to make this interaction of tax and benefits work better, says LITRG.

Leading tax organisations are asking for feedback from tax professionals and businesses about their experience of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT, as well as thoughts on the future of the MTD programme. The CIOT and ATT are keen to gather feedback and influence the next steps for MTD.1

LITRG is calling on HMRC to consider using their powers to remove the requirement that those in the loan charge settlement process – who have not settled by 31 January 2020 – should have to file a tax return to report the charge, only to amend it to remove the charge once settlement is reached.