Policy News Journal - 2014-15

This is 4 million more people than previously announced at Budget 2012. The additional people are PAYE taxpayers who have had recent contact from HMRC setting out their tax calculation for an earlier tax year. These might be people with more complicated or changing circumstances such as a new job.

The statements are part of the government’s wider drive to make the tax system simple, easier to understand and more transparent.

You can access examples of what the new tax statements will look like.

The Chancellor said:

“These tax statements represent a huge boost for tax transparency, showing people very clearly how much tax they pay and giving them a better understanding of where their money is spent. At Budget 2012 the government announced that around 20 million taxpayers would from October 2014 receive a tax statement detailing how their 2013/14 tax year income tax and National Insurance contributions have been calculated, their average tax rates and how this contributed to public expenditure. These 20 million taxpayers comprised the 8 million taxpayers who complete self-assessment returns online and will receive their tax statement online, and the 16 million PAYE taxpayers who received a tax coding notice from HMRC for 2013 to 2014. There are 29.9 million income taxpayers in the UK. Any taxpayer who does not receive a tax statement can use HMRC’s tax calculator to estimate their tax bill and see how it contributes to public spending. This app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple app store or Google Play by searching ‘HMRC tax calculator.”

HMRC new service for customers who need extra help

24 April 2014

As you may be aware HMRC is introducing a new service for customers who need extra help to get their taxes and entitlements right. The new service will replace their network of Enquiry Centres which will close by the end of June. Subcontractors have been identified as one of the customer groups who use the Enquiry Centres. Customers who have previously used the Enquiry Centres need to know that from June if they want to contact HMRC they must phone the usual helplines first. Where a face- to-face meeting is appropriate, HMRC will able to arrange an appointment with one of their mobile advisers.

Details of the new service can be found in the Issue Briefing which was published in February.

You can view a copy of the leaflet, which HMRC are distributing to their customers explaining the changes, through this news link .

Employment Consultation Forum

1 May 2014

Minutes from the April ECF (Employment Consultation Forum) meeting have been made available on GOV.UK.

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