HMRC Tax Rebate Phone Number0843 557 5191
Taxes. We’ve all got to pay them. If you think you’ve overpaid, you can claim it back. We have the tax rebate phone number.
The Tax Rebate Contact Number Can Be Used If:
- You wish to find out if you are eligible to claim.
- You haven’t received your rebate.
- You need to ask what forms you need in order to claim.
What Is a Tax Rebate?
A tax rebate is a refund you are entitled to if the tax you have paid is more than what you are supposed to pay. Normal circumstances in which this happens is if you were only employed for part of the year, such as a student on holiday, you had more than one job at the same time, or your circumstances changed e.g. you changed from full to part time working. To find out if you are eligible, call the tax rebate number. The refund will be issued to you at the end of a tax year, usually via cheque. Other circumstances where you might be overcharged include if you have retired or have paid tax on savings. You should claim your refund by filling out a form. For more information on getting your refund, contact the HMRC tax rebate department.
The History of Tax
Tax dates all the way back to Medieval times, in 1203 when King John introduced an export tax on wool. 72 years later, King Edward I introduced taxes on wine. Income tax was first enforced by William Pitt in 1798 in his budget to pay for the weapons that would be used in preparation for the Napoleonic War, a continuation of wars influenced by the French Revolution which took place over a series of 12 years. For more about tax rebates, call the tax rebate helpline.
August 13th 2014
Another series of strikes are to take place in a dispute with the HMRC over office closures and job losses. Tax workers who are members of the Public And Commercial Services union are to walk out of their jobs in the next few days threatening to disrupt the services of Her Majesty’s Revenue And Customs.
The union is campaigning against the decision to close enquiry centres up and down the United Kingdom. It has caused a loss of 2000 jobs and has led to enormous backlogs, lengthy delays and the use of private debt collection agencies. The union believes that Her Majesty’s Revenue And Customs is not only harming the welfare of its employees; it is putting a strain on important services the public needs.
The strikes are expected to begin in areas of Wales and the north west today. It will extend to Scotland and parts of the Midlands tomorrow. Then, there will be major striking taking place on Friday with walk-outs expected to take place across London, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland and both the south east and south west of England.
The general secretary of the Public And Commercial Services union, Mr. Mark Serwotka, said: “HMRC plays an essential role in our economy and our society, collecting the taxes that fund the other public services we all rely on. But it is being systematically undermined by unnecessary and politically-motivated cuts.These strikes demonstrate we are serious about stopping these damaging cuts and making a positive case for proper investment in this crucial department.”
The strikes have deliberately been timed to coincide with one of the most important days of the year for tax workers — the deadline for tax credit renewals and self assessment payments.
A spokesperson for Her Majesty’s Revenue And Customs said: “It is a great shame that the union is asking HMRC staff to strike, deliberately putting the livelihoods of hard working families at risk to further an industrial dispute.”
June 20th 2014
Millions of British workers have been incorrectly taxed by HM Revenue And Customs. Mistakes by the government department mean that 5.5 million people have either been over paid or under paid what they should. This has affected people who are on the Pay As You Earn scheme.
The Daily Telegraph reports that around 3.5 million people have paid too little and will have to pay back the rest. Another 2 million people have paid too much tax and will have to claim it from the government. The average error according to tax officials is an estimated £300.
The figure is an increase on that of 2012 to 2013 which saw 5.2 million people incorrectly taxed for the year. This is in spite of the introduction of a £270 million HM Revenue And Customs scheme to make the tax system for accurate for workers.
One of the things that the £270 million scheme introduced was a Real Time Information programme that allows employers to report changes to wages on a weekly or monthly basis. The plan was to make taxes more accurate.
A spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs said: “The effect of Real Time Information is not reflected yet as it has not bedded in, but over time RTI will help to reduce the number of cases that have to be reconciled.”
Under the Pay As You Earn system, tax paid is checked against tax owed at the end of each year. Under payment or over payment can come as a result of changes in circumstances. This might be a change in employment or receiving state benefits such as income support or disability allowance.
David Heaton of Baker Tilly said: “RTI was supposed to make PAYE more accurate, not less. So why are there more [errors] this year, with RTI in full flow, than last year, when RTI was only a pilot? The number of PAYE differences has risen, not fallen. Something in RTI is not working.”
June 5th 2014
Hundreds of thousands of British citizens were referred to intimidating debt collectors by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs because of tax credit debts. False Economy, an anti-cuts group, showed that between 2013 and 2014 twelve different debt collection companies to collect excessive tax credits issued by HMRC. Essentially, it means that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs often used debt collectors to fix their own mistakes.
Tax credits are distributed by estimating a recipient’s earnings over the course of a year. If that figure is overestimated, HMRC will seek to reclaim these over-payments. However, in this case it was controversially used through strong-arm tactics like legal threats and intimidation. They also made frequent text messages and phone calls to the claimants leaving many feeling harassed and bullied.
Chaminda Jayanett of False Economy said: “There is the fear of being pursued through the courts by them. It is the implied fear and threat when you get constant harrassment form people saying you owe the government a lot of money that is the worry.”
Many of the people who were subject to debt collectors are poor and vulnerable members of society. False Economy also suggest that some of them were unaware that they owned HMRC money in the first place.
The government are chasing 4.7 million cases that come to £1.6 billion.
A spokesperson for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs defended the government’s actions. They said: “The use of DCAs is an established cost effective part of our normal debt collection operations. All that these agencies do is issue letters, issue SMS text messages and make phone calls to HMRC customers. The debt collection agencies we use adhere to highest customer service standards in line with the Office of Fair Trading’s code of practice and our own customer charter.”
January 16th 2014
HMRC have been slammed in a recent report that criticises them for failing to collect taxes from certain major name avoiders.
There was over £35 billion in tax owed at the end of 2013 and a committee of MPs have claimed that the reason the figure is so high is because the Treasury only chose to pursue individuals and small businesses. Major corporations, on the other hand, were allowed to get away with it.
HMRC has been criticised in the past for failing to take action against companies like Google, Starbucks, Vodafone and Amazon. It has also emerged in this report, however, that Swiss banks were able to avoid paying upwards of £2.6 billion.
In 2012, as a result of these figures, HMRC promised to increase tax collection on companies like this. MPs who wrote the report attacked the HMRC saying they “lost their nerve”.
Chair of the committee Margaret Hodge said: “”HMRC holds back from using the full range of sanctions at its disposal. It pursues tax owed by the smaller businesses but seems to lose its nerve when it comes to mounting prosecutions against multinational corporations.
“It predicted that it would collect £3.12bn unpaid tax from UK holders of Swiss bank accounts and this figure was built into budget estimates, but in 2013-14 it has so far secured just £440m. We were astonished that HMRC could not give any reasons for such a shortfall.”
In spite of this, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs still managed to bring in £475 billion in revenue over the course of the year, an increase of approximately £1.5 billion compared to the previous results.
Vodafone came under fire last year for saying it paid “little or no corporation” tax in the United Kingdom. They claimed their earnings of £300m were dwarfed by spending of £1 billion on network costs.
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