The charity Tax Help for Older People is urging the over sixties to make timely checks that they are not contributing too much … in income tax.
It is estimated 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
Tax Help for Older People is a service provided by the charity Tax Volunteer and 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, with a national helpline and a network of over 450 professionally trained tax volunteers. They are flexible where other circumstances e.g. disability or advanced age suggest an easing of this limit.
Carol Pavely, Operations Director says, “Tax can become more, not less complicated after retirement or semi-retirement.
“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. 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”.
“Older people give a great deal to our society. We are working hard to ensure that we are giving them something back and supporting them when they need advice and guidance at this time and all year round.”
If you are an older person on a lower income, or someone acting on their behalf then you can contact Tax Help for Older People on its lo-call helpline 0845 601 3321 or 01308 488066 or visit www.taxvol.org.uk
Tax Volunteers publishes ‘Tax health check for older people’ for more information visit: