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The tax man’s so-called helpline has been severely criticised in a new report.

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More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc

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Car tax discs have become obsolete today

More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc

Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper

Anyone buying a car will need to tax their new vehicle before driving it home after Wednesday

The Chancellor has announced that the 55 per cent tax penalty will be scrapped

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George Osborne has said the Tories will scrap pension death tax next year, but what does that mean to you?

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Campaign that publicly identified those sought has seen results, but many have fled abroad

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Have you renewed your tax credits yet? More than half a million people haven't and risk losing them.

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