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Prepare now for new tax raid on state pensioners


HMRC is set to launch a new tax raid on state pensioners, with 1.6m retirees in the firing line. The number of pensioners paying income tax has increased significantly in recent years, and now an additional 650,000 pensioners will pay income tax for the first time in retirement. The tax raid starts...

National insurance cut to kick in as new tax year starts


Workers across the UK will experience a reduction in their National Insurance (NI) payments, providing them with an extra £450 per year on average. However, the freeze in income tax thresholds until 2028 means that many individuals will face higher tax bills. The NI rate has fallen from 10% to 8%,...

Tens of thousands face crippling tax demands from HMRC


Tens of thousands of people across the country are facing crippling tax demands from HMRC for tax their employers did not pay. The Loan Charge policy, which came into force in 2017, targeted individuals who were paid their salaries through umbrella companies involved in tax avoidance schemes. Many o...

HMRC staff serenaded by 16-piece gospel choir


Under-pressure staff at HMRC were serenaded by a 16-piece gospel choir as they arrived at work – during one of their busiest times of the year. Singing uplifting music to taxmen and women entering the Revenue & Customs building, the choir's tongue-in-cheek performance was a way of sharing thei...

Half of HMRC Whitehall staff still working from home


Analysis of official data by the Telegraph reveals that only 53% of civil servants working in HMRC’s headquarters were at their desks in an average week between January and March. This is despite record high waiting times to get through to an adviser on the phone and reports of errors from the Nat...

HMRC launches 'extreme' crackdown on minor errors


Companies making minor errors in applications for tax relief have been left feeling fearful after an HMRC crackdown, business leaders in Suffolk have said. A report commissioned by the Suffolk Chamber found poorly qualified advisors were frequently failing to provide the best level of service to the...

Boost for thousands of small businesses on VAT and rates


Tens of thousands of small businesses have been freed from paying VAT after the registration threshold was raised from £85,000 to £90,000. The change, which took effect on Monday, will benefit 28,000 companies. In addition, the business rates multiplier for small enterprises has been frozen for th...

HMRC bosses fear helpline will be swamped by calls on stealth taxes


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is concerned about its customer service helpline being overwhelmed as millions of people are hit by "stealth taxes." The helpline has already struggled to cope with the 30m calls received in the past year. With tax bands frozen until 2028-29, more people will seek ans...

HMRC sees fresh criticism over service levels


HMRC is facing criticism for withholding refunds and long wait times for those seeking to contact the tax office. The Telegraph looks at the case of Neil Matthews, who has been waiting for a refund for three months and does not expect to receive it until May. An HMRC adviser has told him his money h...

Workers face £220k lifetime income tax bill


Research from Tax Bite reveals that the average British worker will pay nearly £220,000 in income tax over their working lifetime. The research shows that workers in Scotland will pay slightly more overall due to higher tax rates, with their income tax bill hitting £222,791.52 over the average wor...

Tax code warning for workers


A survey by financial services company Canada Life has found that 31% of adults in the UK have been on the wrong tax code at some point, resulting in an average overpayment of £689. It was also shown that over two-thirds of those surveyed did not know how to claim back overpaid tax. John Chew, a ta...

Tax office struggles to answer calls


HMRC has been struggling to answer calls, leaving almost a million unanswered in January. The average wait time to speak to a tax adviser exceeded 25 minutes for the first time ever and the tax office is looking to shift more customers towards online self-service. The Telegraph offers tips to beat t...



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