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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 […]

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 […]

17/07/15 New wave of PAYE tax calculations issued

HMRC is now sending out tax calculations (P800 forms) for PAYE taxpayers for 2014-15. How this might affect you If you are an employee or pensioner and have not paid the right amount of tax under PAYE, HMRC may send you a bill, or a refund. Why might this happen? This may happen because: Your […]

16/07/15 So what has changed in the Budget?

Most of the changes announced in the recent summer Budget are coming in from April next year, but there are some which will have impact sooner. Changes to taxation of interest and dividends We already have a 0% band for savings income (excluding dividends), but this can be hard to access. If your taxable income […]

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 […]

05/05/15 Out of time tax returns – could you have a second chance?

A recent Tribunal decision has cast doubt on HMRC’s refusal to process tax returns which are sent in more than four years after the end of the relevant tax year. The Taxpayer’s case The case concerned a taxpayer (Mr Higgs) who had made large payments on account for the tax year 2006/07. For various reasons […]

24/03/15 Class 2 National Insurance – watch what you pay.

Class 2 National Insurance is changing. Self-employed people pay class 2 National Insurance, usually by monthly direct debit. Where profits are low it has been possible to apply for an exception certificate, so you don’t need to pay. From 6 April 2015, all this changes. Key points are: You no longer need to apply for […]

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