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20/03/19 Telephone Scammers

HMRC’s advice on Landline scams Households with a landline number should be vigilant about phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be the UK tax authority. Criminals are turning increasingly to the traditional method of cold-calling publicly available phone numbers to steal money from taxpayers. Often these calls are to landline numbers and fraudsters are able tomake them […]

26/05/17 Insolvency

A quick reminder if you are going through insolvency: for the remainder of the tax year following bankruptcy, an ‘NT’ (no tax) PAYE code is applied to existing employments. However, if you have a change of job after the date of the bankruptcy but in the same tax year, the ‘NT’ (no tax) PAYE Code […]

26/05/17 National Insurance Credits

Did you know that if a you’re a grandparent that looks after your grandchildren whilst their parents are at work you may be entitled to National Insurance credits? Many working-age grandparents qualify for Class 3 National Insurance credits for looking after children aged under 12 which can be used to top up their income in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 £252 in the year to 5 April 2022. 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

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 you can expect in return. You can expect HMRC to: Respect you Help and support you […]

25/08/15 Payment of class 2 National Insurance.

The way class 2 National Insurance was paid changed as from 10 July 2015 when payments by direct debit stopped. When you file your self assessment tax return, your Class 2 National Insurance for 2015-16 onwards will be collected along with any income tax and class 4 National Insurance due. What to watch for Class […]

27/05/15 Normally file a return? Not received a tax return or reminder to file?

If you filed a tax return last year, you may be expecting a tax return or a notice to file letter from HMRC. But this year is different. What’s changed and what to look out for HMRC must let you know if you need to file a tax return. In the past, HMRC has usually […]

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