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£30m tax boost from HMRC voluntary sector projects

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

HMRC grants to voluntary and community sector organisations that help people with taxes, benefits and tax credits led to additional tax of £30.6 million being declared last year.

During 2012 to 2013, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) made £2 million available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) bodies to provide help and advice to customers who need support to meet their obligations and claim entitlements.

More than 3,500 volunteers were trained by the organisations to answer people’s questions on tax credits, benefits and tax issues. As a result, HMRC customers also took up an additional £29.9 million of credits and benefits.

Exchequer Secretary David Gauke said:

These results show that HMRC’s grants to the voluntary sector continue to provide a cost-effective way of ensuring that vulnerable people on low incomes get the help they need with their tax affairs from an independent, trusted source.

The results of the HMRC Third Sector Grant Funding Programme for 2012 to 2013 can be found on the HMRC website.