HMRC has in a press release warned that fraudsters are sending scam e-mails and SMS messages that promise tax rebates in order to trick people into disclosing their account and personal details.
The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year and is advising that people stay vigilant against fraudsters who are using email and text messages to scam people out of their savings by tricking the public into thinking they have received a tax rebate so that they hand over their account and personal details.
As a simplification measure, from April 2019 employers paying subsistence allowance expenses will no longer be subject to a requirement that they check receipts if they are within benchmark subsistence scale rates.
From April 2018, HMRC are changing the format of the letter they use to tell their customers their National Insurance (NI) number. This is the letter which is sent automatically to entitled teenagers just before their 16th birthday and to customers who ask for a reminder of their NI number.
HMRC is about to start updating tax codes more frequently from April 2017.
This will help HMRC collect the tax due more quickly. Any underpayments of tax identified for 2016/2017 will be collected through the 2017/2018 tax codes. But the same tax codes will also be used to collect potential tax underpayments for 2017/2018.