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HMRC Self-Assessment Helpline Closure – What You Need to Know

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that it will be closing its main self-assessment helpline over the summer. This means that taxpayers will not be able to get help over the phone from HMRC staff between 5 July and 3 September 2023. HMRC says that it is closing the helpline in order to redeploy staff to other areas of the business. The organisation is also advising people to use its chatbot instead. However, the Taxpayers Alliance has said that people trying to “do the right thing” will be “furious” about the closure of the helpline. The organisation has called on HMRC to reverse its decision. If you are a self-employed worker who needs help with your self-assessment tax return, you will need to use HMRC’s chatbot or online guidance. You can also contact your accountant for help. What is the chatbot? The chatbot is a computer program that can answer your questions about self-assessment. You can access the chatbot on the HMRC website. What is the online guidance? The online guidance is a set of documents that explain how to complete your self-assessment tax return. You can find the online guidance on the HMRC website. What if I need help with my self-assessment tax return? If you need help with your self-assessment tax return, you can contact us. You can also contact HMRC’s customer service team by email or post. FREE Telephone Consultation If you would like to discuss your personal tax with a qualified tax adviser, you can book a FREE telephone consultation with us. During the consultation, we will discuss your specific tax situation and how we can help you. To book a consultation, simply call us at 020 3755 2863 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you! Conclusion The closure of the HMRC self-assessment helpline is a major inconvenience for taxpayers. If you need help with your self-assessment tax return, you should use the chatbot or online guidance, call us We hope this article has been helpful. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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A Summary of the Budget 2023

BUDGET SUMMARY: Here are the key points from Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s 2023 Budget Chancellor Jeremy Hunt presented his inaugural Budget to the House of Commons, with a primary focus on encouraging those who have left their jobs to re-enter the workforce and bolstering business investments. Below are the main highlights of his announcements. FUEL, ALCOHOL, PENSIONS, WAGES Abolishing the cap on the amount workers can accumulate in pension savings over their lifetime before paying extra tax (currently at £1.07m) Increasing the tax-free yearly allowance for pension pots from £40,000 to £60,000, after being frozen for nine years Freezing fuel duty, extending the 5p cut to fuel duty on petrol and diesel, which was set to end in April, for an additional year Implementing inflation-linked rises in alcohol taxes from August, with new tax reliefs for beer, cider, and wine sold in pubs Raising the tax on tobacco by 2% above inflation, and by 6% above inflation for hand-rolling tobacco ENERGY BILLS, PREPAYMENT METERS, AND NUCLEAR POWER Extending government subsidies that limit typical household energy bills to £2,500 a year for three more months, until the end of June Allocating £200m to align energy charges for prepayment meters with those for customers paying by direct debit, affecting four million households Pledging to invest £20bn over the next two decades in low-carbon energy projects, with a focus on carbon capture and storage Classifying nuclear energy as environmentally sustainable for investment purposes, with a commitment to additional public funding Providing £63m to assist leisure centers in dealing with increasing swimming pool heating costs and to invest in becoming more energy-efficient CHILDCARE, UNIVERSAL CREDIT, and BACK TO WORK PLANS Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has unveiled the contents of his 2023 Budget in the House of Commons. The budget focuses on promoting business investment and encouraging those who have left their jobs to return to the workforce. Here is a summary of the main announcements: 30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE: The 30 hours of free childcare for working parents in England will be expanded to cover one and two-year-olds. This will be rolled out in stages from April 2024. UNIVERSAL CREDIT: Families on universal credit will receive childcare support up front instead of in arrears, and the £646-a-month per child cap will be raised to £951. CHILD CARE: To increase the number of childminders, the government will offer £600 “incentive payments” and relaxed rules in England to let childminders look after more children. BACK TO WORK: There will be a new fitness-to-work testing regime to qualify for health-related benefits, and a new voluntary employment scheme for disabled people in England and Wales, called Universal Support. Tougher requirements to look for work and increased job support for lead child carers on universal credit. RETIREES: £63m will be allocated for programmes to encourage retirees over 50 back to work, “returnerships” and skills boot camps. Immigration rules will be relaxed for five roles in the construction sector to ease labour shortages. GOVERNMENT DEBT, INFLATION, and ECONOMIC GROWTH The Office for Budget Responsibility predicts that the UK will avoid a recession in 2023, but the economy will shrink by 0.2%. A growth of 1.8% is predicted for next year, with 2.5% in 2025 and 2.1% in 2026. The UK’s inflation rate is expected to fall to 2.9% by the end of this year, down from 10.7% in the last three months of 2022. The underlying debt is forecast to be 92.4% of GDP this year, rising to 93.7% in 2024. CORPORATION TAX, INVESTMENT ZONES, and TAX BREAKS The main rate of corporation tax, paid by businesses on taxable profits over £250,000, is confirmed to increase from 19% to 25%. Companies with profits between £50,000 and £250,000 will pay between 19% and 25%. Companies can deduct investment in new machinery and technology to lower their taxable profits. Tax breaks and other benefits for 12 new Investment Zones across the UK will be funded by £80m each over the next five years. International traders will have reduced paperwork and longer to submit customs forms under streamlined rules. OTHER MEASURES The government will raise defence spending by £11bn over the next five years. Prison sentences will be imposed on those convicted of marketing tax avoidance schemes. £200m this year will be given to help local councils in England repair potholes. An extra £10m over the next two years will be allocated for charities in England helping to prevent suicide. A streamlined approvals process is promised for new medical products, and £900m will be provided for a new supercomputer facility to help the UK’s AI industry. As ever if you have any questions about this article then please do not hesitate to CONTACT US HERE

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HM Government Extends Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

The UK government has announced that the Mortgage Guarantee Scheme will be extended by an additional year until December 2023. This program, which was launched in April 2021, is designed to help individuals with 5% deposits on a property purchase to enter the housing market. Under the scheme, the government provides lenders with the financial guarantees they need to offer mortgages that cover the remaining 95%, subject to affordability checks, for homes worth up to £600,000. To date, the Mortgage Guarantee Scheme has assisted over 24,000 households in achieving their homeownership goals. The extension of the program until the end of 2023 will provide even more opportunities for individuals and families to secure their first home or move into their dream property. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, remarked that “extending this scheme means thousands more have the chance to benefit, and supports the market as we navigate through these difficult times.” At MI Accountants and Tax Advisers we offer exceptional client service in the areas of personal and business tax services. We understand the complexity and nuances of the tax laws, and our team is well-equipped to provide tailored advice and solutions to help you meet your tax obligations. We also specialize in providing high-quality services to non-domiciled individuals in the UK. Our team has deep expertise in navigating the unique tax and financial considerations faced by non-domiciled individuals, and we are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and optimize your financial position For a FREE telephone consultation please get in touch HERE

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