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Tax

Tax helpline cut off a third of calls

In a Which? investigation, 29% of calls to HMRC were cut off because the tax helplines were too busy. The average wait to get though was 18 minutes.

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Autumn Statement 2014: stamp duty

George Osborne has announced an overhaul of stamp duty, which will see millions of homebuyers benefit from a reduced tax bill.

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Autumn Statement 2014: income tax

Personal allowance (income you can keep tax-free) will rise to £10,600 for 2015-16. Mr Osborne said he hoped to further increase this- to £12,500 by 2020.

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Budget 2014: Will income tax rates be altered?

George Osborne faces demands from his own benches for a cut in the number who pay 40% tax, while the opposition have pledged to reintroduce a 10% starting rate

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Budget 2014: Income tax boost?

George Osborne has been urged to scrap the 40% tax rate in this year's Budget and replace it with a 45% bracket for those earning more than £65,000

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Budget 2014: calls for Osborne to freeze taxes

George Osborne faces a mounting tide of calls for tax cuts, ranging from air passenger duty, fuel duty and VAT on housing renovation, to energy taxes and CGT

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Budget 2014: New tax to replace National Insurance proposed

Conservative MP, Ben Gummer, has suggested that National Insurance should be renamed 'earnings tax' and eventually merged with income tax.

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Budget 2014: the latest speculation

Income tax looks set to be a key Budget 2014 issue, with shadow Chancellor Ed Balls calling for an increase to 50% as thousands more are taken out of tax.

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Personal allowance could rise to £12,500

Personal allowance could raise above £10,000 in the 2014/15 tax year, under plans revealed by Nick Clegg.

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Tips for filing a last minute tax return

The very last deadline for self-assessment tax returns is midnight on Friday 31 January. Miss this and you face an automatic £100 fine.

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