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Government changes to Tax Credits defeated
marketing | 28 October 2015
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Potentially good news for lower paid contractors working through an umbrella company is that on 26th October 2015 the House of Lords voted not to accept the Chancellors proposed changes to tax credits that will affect the entitlement to the credits for low income families.

The proposed changes are expected to result in some families being up to £1,300 worse off per year by 2020. The Government are trying to reduce the earnings limit for entitlement to the Working tax Credit and the Child Tax credit.

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) have published their response to the HMRC Employment Intermediaries: Temporary workers – relief for travel and subsistence expenses.

In the past the LITRG have reviewed Umbrella Company Schemes and in particular how alternative models such as the Payday by Payday Scheme (PDBPD) affect Low Income Workers. It is from this respect they have responded to the HMRC potential threat of restricting relief on travel and subsistence expenses. They are in particular concerned that any scheme that is deemed non-compliant could see the low income worker being chased for taxes owing.