Aliens, vertigo, and a Glasgow nightclub feature in HMRC’s rejected self-assessment expenses and excuses

Thursday, 18 January 2018 | News

Every year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receives imaginative and intriguing excuses for not completing self-assessment tax returns on time.

Don’t risk a £100 fine - one week left to file paper tax returns

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 | News

Over one million people who submit paper tax returns have seven days left to send their documents to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

£450 annual pay rise for minimum wage workers takes force

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 | News

Workers aged 21 to 24 on the national minimum wage will now receive 25p an hour more, setting their wage at £6.95 an hour. This translates to an extra £450 a year if you work for 35 hours a week.

Celebrating exam results? Tell HMRC your kids' plans or risk losing child benefit

Friday, 26 August 2016 | News

If your child has just received GCSE results (or equivalent qualifications) you need to tell HMRC what they’ll be doing next year before 31 August, or risk losing child benefit and/or child tax credits.

HMRC problems cause banking delays for taxpayers' cheques

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 | News

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is experiencing delays in processing a large number of cheques sent in the run-up to the 31 January 2016 self-assessment tax payment deadline due to a flood in its Shipley offices, according...

HMRC leaves taxpayers scratching their heads

Thursday, 05 November 2015 | News

Half of all telephone calls to HM Revenue and Customs go unanswered - meaning many people with questions about the complicated UK tax system are being left adrift.

HMRC warns fraudsters are targeting tax credit renewals

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 | News

Individuals renewing tax credits ahead of the 31 July deadline have been urged to watch out for scammers targeting them.

MPs concerned by plans to raid taxpayer bank accounts

Friday, 09 May 2014 | News

The taxman could soon be given the power to raid your bank account or savings for any tax you fail to pay.

Why won't HMRC pay tax relief on my pension?

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Question and Answer

Sickness benefit can be included as earnings for pension contributions as long as it was paid by the employer and chargeable to tax. However, you should, in theory, still be entitled to some tax relief.

Are you on the right tax code?

Monday, 08 July 2013 | Question and Answer

Frances believes that she has been paying 40% tax when she shouldn't have been and HMRC has put her on the wrong code because she is earning income from an enhanced annuity.