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Change a life this Christmas

14 December 2016 / Julie Cameron
Issue: 4580 / Categories: Comment & Analysis

The tax charities can help to solve seemingly hopeless situations.


  • TaxAid and Tax Help for Older People offer free tax advice to vulnerable people.
  • Potential capital gain on the sale of a let property.
  • Tax due on an unexpected pension payment.
  • Bridge the Gap campaign aims to raise funds to help the tax charities.

Imagine you work as a self-employed cleaner. You need to file self-assessment tax returns but you lack the skills to complete the online form yourself. Your son offers to help and with his advice the filing requirement is met. But then your son falls ill with cancer. You care for him but after a two-year illness he dies. Devastated by your loss you cannot find the strength to carry on working and become reliant on state benefits. HMRC still wants you to file...

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