Service to help older people with tax

TAX EXPERT Anne Stafford, from Tax Help for Older People, is encouraging pensioners to check out their tax contributions
TAX EXPERT Anne Stafford, from Tax Help for Older People, is encouraging pensioners to check out their tax contributions

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Tax Help for Older People is urging the over-sixties to make timely checks that they are not contributing too much in income tax.

Tax Help for Older People is a service provided by the charity Tax Volunteers.

It offers free, independent and expert help and advice on personal tax matters to older people (approaching 60 or over) on lower incomes (less than £20,000 per year).

The service operates across the UK, including the south coast, with a national helpline and a network of over 450 professionally trained tax volunteers.

Operations Director Carol Pavely said: ‘Tax can become more, not less complicated after retirement or semi-retirement.

‘Every year many people are notified by HMRC of new tax codes or overpayments or underpayments of income tax.

‘These can be very confusing, especially as many of us rely on our employer to deal with our tax payments while we are employed.

‘This can be a whole new world to some over-sixties and comes at a time when other challenges such as illness, disability and bereavement can also hit.

‘We urge anyone over the age of sixty, and on a lower income, to seek clarification on any aspect of their income tax liability they do not understand.

‘A simple tax health check can set your mind at rest and more complex problems can be sorted out.

‘This service is completely free, independent and confidential.’

HMRC independent research estimates that in any one year there will be in excess of over one million taxpayers who need some additional help or support to deal with their tax affairs, over and above that which can be offered by HMRC’s own telephone contact centres. About 20 per cent of all taxpayers are pensioners.

Tax Volunteers estimate that there are potentially 50,000 older people in the UK in need of additional help and assistance with personal tax, tax credit or pension credit problems.

For more information on the service please see taxvol.org.uk. Alternatively, call the helpdesk on 0845 6013321 or 01308 488066.