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Family Light Fair at St Luke's Church Formby

ON Saturday, 29 October 2022, St Luke's Church, in Formby, held an alternative night top Halloween festivities with a family 'Light Fair' within the Church's grounds to celebrate light overpowering the darkness! The event started just after sunset and was extremely well attended. The event was not only a chance for kids to do something fun, but also a unique way to teach the idea of good over powering evil. The free, but ticketed, event had a short light trail, craft, games, face painting, a fire performer and words of light in the darkness, as well as the chance to make s'mores around the bonfire. If you don't know what s'mores, like we didn't, it is an American idea of putting toasted marshmallows sandwiched between to biscuits! Anyway, we digress... These are some photos we took at the event. Please do let us know, if you attended, what you thought of this event, by emailing our Newsroom at:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.



Self Assessment: don't forget to declare Covid19 payments

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding Self Assessment customers that they must declare Covid19 payments in their tax return for the 2021 to 2022 tax year. More than 2.9 million people claimed at least 1 Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payment up to 5 April 2022. These grants are taxable and should be declared on tax returns for the 2021 to 2022 tax year before the deadline on 31 January 2023.

The SEISS application and payment windows during the 2021 to 2022 tax year were:-

SEISS 4: 22 April 2021 to 1 June 2021.

SEISS 5: 29 July 2021 to 30 September 2021.

SEISS is not the only Covid19 support scheme that should be declared on tax returns. If customers received other support payments during the 2021 to 2022 tax year, they may need to report this on their tax return if they are:-

Self employed.

In a partnership.

A business.

Customers can check which Covid19 grants or payments they need to report to HMRC on Gov.UK. This applies to payments received during the 2021 to 2022 tax year. Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC's Director General for Customer Services, said:- "We want to help customers get their tax returns right, 1st time. We have videos and guidance available online to support you with your Self Assessment. Search 'help with Self Assessment' on Gov.UK to find out more."

Help and support is available on Gov.UK for those completing their Self Assessment tax returns. There is also a series of videos on YouTube. The free and secure HMRC app can be used to make Self Assessment payments. Alternative payment options include:-

Paying through PAYE tax code (subject to eligibility)

Paying via online banking.

Those who are unable to pay their tax bill in full can access the support and advice that's available on Gov.UK. HMRC may be able to help by arranging an affordable payment plan, known as a Time to pay. Customers should try to do this online, go to:- https://Gov.UK for more information. Alternatively, they can contact the helpline.

All Self Assessment customers need to be alert to the risk of criminals emailing, calling or texting claiming to be from HMRC. Scams come in many forms; some threaten immediate arrest for tax evasion, others offer a tax rebate. Contacts like these should set alarm bells ringing and HMRC advises customers to take their time and check scams advice by searching for 'HMRC scams' on:- Gov.UK. HMRC also urges customers never to share their HMRC login details. Someone using them could steal from the customer or make a fraudulent claim in their name.

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