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Call for clarity on status of Holyrood air tax devolutionJune 16, 2021
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has called for greater clarity on plans to devolve Air Passenger Duty (APD) to the Scottish Parliament, as it pointed out that a UK Government plan to cut aviation taxes to boost Union connectivity runs contrary to the Scottish Government’s plans for the tax.
Aviation tax reforms inconsistent with wider UK climate ambitionsJune 15, 2021
A Treasury plan to cut aviation taxes to boost connectivity within the UK is inconsistent with the government’s wider climate change objectives, and there may be better ways to boost domestic connectivity without sacrificing climate targets, the Chartered Institute of Taxation has said.
LITRG press release: Concern at potential confusion for claimants renewing their tax credit claimsJune 14, 2021
Hundreds of thousands of tax credit claimants, who had their claims auto-renewed last year due to the covid pandemic, will have to complete and return renewal declaration forms this year by 31 July or lose their entitlement, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is warning.
LITRG Press release: Tax campaigners welcome commitment to ‘umbrella’ company regulationJune 10, 2021
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) says this week’s long-awaited announcement of the launch of a Single Enforcement Body (SEB) for employment rights is a step in the right direction to protect low-income umbrella company workers. But LITRG says the inevitable time and complexity involved in setting up this new workers’ watchdog must not prevent HMRC from acting now to combat some current tax abuses affecting workers in umbrella companies, such as disguised remuneration.
LITRG press release: Tax campaigners urge government to take action to protect umbrella company workersMay 20, 2021
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is adding its voice to growing calls for regulation of umbrella companies, starting with implementing previous proposals. So far proposed legislation has not been implemented, the Single Enforcement Body has not materialised and there is no current Director of Labour Market Enforcement. As a result, low-income workers continue to be at risk of working through non-compliant umbrella companies, warns LITRG.
One-third of Scots unaware of Holyrood’s tax changes as tax and accountancy bodies call for increased awareness of devolved taxes in new parliamentApril 7, 2021
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) are calling on Scotland’s political parties to improve public awareness of devolved taxation in the next Scottish Parliament, as a new poll shows that a third of Scots are unaware that the Scottish Parliament has made changes to the tax system.
LITRG press release: LITRG report puts ‘umbrella’ companies under the spotlightMarch 24, 2021
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) today publishes a new research report looking at the use of ‘umbrella’ companies and other labour market intermediaries in the UK. The factual and technical report also considers the nature and scale of disguised remuneration schemes. It is intended to help increase public knowledge of how labour market intermediaries work and bolster the evidence base in this under-researched area.