11
Apr

Extra tax relief for married over 80s

The Married Couple’s Allowance (MCA) is available to elderly married couples or those in a civil partnership, where at least one member of the couple were born before 6 April 1935 (i.e. at least 83 years old). The allowance provides for tax relief by deducting 10% of the allowance from the amount of tax due on taxable income. The MCA can reduce a tax bill to zero but cannot result in a refund of tax.

For the new tax year, the maximum amount of married couple’s allowance is

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04
Apr

Online access to personal tax account

HMRC has issued an update of what can be dealt with by accessing and using a personal tax account (PTA). The PTA works like an online bank account to allow taxpayers to review all their details in real time.

HMRC has confirmed that the following services are currently available on the PTA:

  • check your income tax estimate and tax code;
  • fill in, send and view a personal tax return;
  • claim a tax refund;
  • check and manage your tax credits;
  • check your state pension;
  • track tax forms that you’ve submitted online;
  • check or update your marriage allowance;
  • tell HMRC about a change of address;
  • check or update benefits you get from work, for example company car details and medical insurance.

HMRC’s will continue to add more services in the future to allow taxpayers to manage their tax affairs online. The PTA is part of HMRC’s current strategy to move to a fully digital tax service.

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28
Mar

Childcare voucher scheme extended

The Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) was launched in April 2017 and opened to all remaining eligible families with children under 12 on 14 February 2018. The new scheme allows working parents to receive a government top-up on their contributions. For every 80p in the

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