Tax Help For Older People
In January 2018, one of our employees – Jane Hodge – joined the network of volunteers working with the tax charity, Tax Help for Older People. This Dorset-based charity, established in 2004, has around 400 volunteers across the UK, helping some 12,000 people a year with their tax problems, by providing free and impartial tax advice.
Individuals who are aged 60 or over with gross annual income of £20,000 of less can access the service for help and advice on tax issues. Whilst a lot of such issues can be resolved over the telephone with the charity, help is also available through face-to-face visits, which is where the UK-wide volunteer network proves invaluable.
Since starting her volunteer work just over a year ago, Jane has helped a number of people in the Kent and East Sussex area with tax issues ranging from completing tax repayment claims to submitting a disclosure under the Worldwide Disclosure Facility and agreeing with HMRC that no penalties were payable.
Jane said “Tax can be a complex area and a lot of people worry when they receive correspondence from HMRC, particularly where it is unexpected or they do not understand it. I really enjoy helping the clients I meet though the charity, particularly where I am able to resolve matters quickly for them and put their minds at rest.”
As an experienced accountancy and tax business, we believe that all members of the public should be able to access the support they need when it comes to tax issues, regardless of their age and income. Volunteering services,such as Tax Help for Older People, are a great way for experts to help those who would otherwise not be able to afford such support.
Tax Help for Older People can be reached on 01308 488066. For more information, visit http://www.taxvol.org.uk/.