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14/06/16 PAYE code

If you have received a PAYE code that you do not understand, the quickest way to find out why the code has been issued and what it means for you is to call HMRC on 0300 200 3300.  You may not have received the coding notice, but you may see a change of code on […]

29/04/16 What is different for the 2016-17 tax year?

With a Budget and an Autumn Statement it can be hard to remember what is happening when. Most of the changes announced in the March 2016, will come into force in future years, but some of the things announced earlier come into effect from 6 April this year. Here are some of the changes that […]

29/04/16 Tax return penalties for 2015 returns – £10 a day from 1 May

If you haven’t yet filed your tax return for the year to 5 April 2015, file at once! Penalties increase to £10 a day for 90 days from the start of May – a total of up to £900. This is added to the initial £100 penalty for missing the 31 January 2016 deadline, so […]

10/03/16 Beware of premium rate numbers for contacting HMRC

Some contact numbers given on the internet, and even as sponsored links, are really premium rate numbers, re-directing you to HMRC. So you may get through to HMRC, but will be paying a premium call rate. The fake and the genuine If you search on-line for HMRC contact numbers, the numbers appearing may not be […]

05/02/16 Missed the self-assessment filing date?

If you have missed the 31 January 2016 filing date for 2014-15 income tax returns, you should still file as soon as possible. There is an automatic £100 penalty for missing the 31 January. But watch out – this level of penalty is for on-line submission only. If you file late on paper the penalties […]

22/01/16 Affected by flooding?

HMRC may not be top of your list of concerns, but if recent flooding means you might miss the tax return filing deadline, phone the HMRC floodline for advice before the deadline. The flood helpline can help: If you have lost business records due to flooding and are unsure what to do Need time to […]

04/12/15 Scottish Rate of Income Tax – does it affect you?

Have you recently received a letter about the Scottish Rate of Income Tax? What does it mean? What should you do?  A new way of dividing up income tax On 16 December the Scottish Government will publish its Draft Budget. This will include details of a new rate of income tax, the Scottish Rate of […]

02/11/15 Couples – can you transfer your unused tax allowances?

The system for claiming the Marriage Allowance is up and running. It could save you up to £212 in the year to 5 April 2016. Will you benefit? To benefit from the Marriage Allowance you need to be part of a married couple or be civil partners. One member of the couple must have taxable […]

02/10/15 Changing jobs? Watch your tax

The tax system for employees has changed. Most employers now send HMRC pay and tax details in real-time each payday. But what happens when you change jobs? Form P45 When you leave an employment, your employer should still give you form P45. This will normally show your pay to date and the tax deducted. It […]

25/09/15 Some tips for successful complaints

Publication of the Adjudicator’s Office 2015 report is a timely reminder of the importance of complaints. Fair play Sometimes tax can seem to be all about rules. But there is another aspect to dealing with HMRC: service standards. HMRC has a published charter (Your Charter) which sets out what it expects from you, and what […]

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