QBC21 out (April 2017)

QBC21 was released  on the 6th April and is a major update to the program. It is on its way to you. Check with your Manager or IT if you haven’t got it as it may be sent to them. The new release has a number of important changes  other than new tax or benefit rates (see below) . A number of local authorities have not yet introduced their planned changes to the Council Tax Reduction schemes they run but they will be doing so  – so there will be another release of the program at the start of the July to reflect these. The program will reflect the local authority CTR schemes that Lisson Grove have been able to find out. You get details of that on the CTR screen.

Changes include:

  • Introduction of a two child limit for Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction in some local authorities.
  • The removal of work-related activity component and Limited Capability for Work element for Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit, its affect on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction in some local authorities.
  • The removal of Child Tax Credit family element and higher first child element for Universal Credit for families where the oldest child was born after 6 April 2017.
  • The removal of Universal Credit housing costs element for some 18-21 year-olds in Universal Credit ‘full service’ areas.

For more information please go to the QBC Benefits Changes notes (pdf) on the QBC help menu (File to Help on the Basic Details screen (the main screen).

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Making notes in QB20

Making notes in the Quick Benefits Calculator

It’s useful to be able to make notes about a case.  The Quick Benefits Calculator has a notes feature. To use QBC notes  go to Report on the Menu Bar. The Menu Bar is the horizontal list at the top of the screen that goes from File to Help. Choose Notes from the Report Menu; the Notes menu is the fourth menu down in QB20 (Quick Benefits version 20). A Windows style Notepad screen appears and you can enter the information you want to there. Notes can be used Continue reading

QB20.05 released June 2016

The Quick Benefits Calculator has been updated and version 20.05 released. QB20.05 is a planned release and runs until 10th October 2016 unless there are any changes to benefits which mean that the QBC has to be updated before then.

QB20.05 mainly introduces the possible changes to the benefits cap for Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. The date of these changes have yet to be announced. You will see a new button on the Universal Credit screen or the Housing Benefit screen which you can tick to see the lower cap – it is called “Preview lower cap?”.

 

Image of QBC version 20.05 Universal Credit Screen showing where lower cap button for housng is.
QBC20.05 Housing Benefit show new preview lower cap button

 

Image of QBC version 20.05 Universal Credit Screen showing where lower cap button for housng is.
QBC20.05 Universal Credit Screen – lower cap.

 

If you have not got your QB20.05 release please check with your IT section or your manager to ask if they have it before contacting Lisson Grove Benefits Program.

 

QB19 (2015-16)

QBC19 was released at the end of March. You should have got your copy of the Quick Benefits Calculator by now. If you haven’t got it then speak to your I.T. section as they tend to get it first.  If you still haven’t got it contact Lisson Grove Benefits Ltd. as soon as possible : info@lissongrovebenefits.co.uk

There aren’t any radical changes to the QBC from the previous version. There  are some small changes to screens but most of the changes are to do with the calculations
and updating of the program as Council Tax Reduction become more ‘local’ and Universal Credit rolls out.

Marriage TTA

One of the changes to the QB19 is that the claimant’s income from work screen (and the partner’s income from work screen) now has a button on the (Tax) Allowances part of the screen (top right). The button is to enter details about the new Tax Allowance – the Marriage TTA – that is Marriage Transferable Tax Allowance.

If the MTTA is applies in your client’s case you tick the box on the screen of the person who gets the MTTA. So only tick the box for one member of the couple.  Once you tick the box an entry box appears and you can enter the percentage of the MTTA which has been transferred. In many if not most cases this is likely to 100% but just in case it is less – because the law permits it to be less – you can enter that figure.

It is possible to transfer all or some of the MTTA and the QBC allows you to enter the percentage transferred.

Once you have entered the level the QBC then calculates the income tax for the MTTA claimant by applying the MTTA.

The MTTA scheme only applies to claimants (or partners) who are married or who are in a civil partnership and whose partner or spouse has transferred their personal allowance in whole or part. The scheme does not apply to higher rate tax payers and it is only likely to be of financially beneficial if the other member of the couple has taxable income below their personal allowance so not all claimants or partners will apply for it.

You can right click over the MTTA button on the Income from Work screen to see more information about the scheme.

QB18.15 released January 2015

QB18.15 has been released and is on its way to subscribers. It replaces 18.10 which runs up to the 1st Feb. QB 18.15 is a minor update and extends the ‘life’ of Quick Benefits Calculator 18 to 1st April 2015. By having fixed release and update periods the QBC can be updated by Lisson Grove Benefits Program to reflect changes to rules and rates introduced by local authority council tax schemes; as well as changes to benefits introduced by the government. The tax year and the new benefit rates start on the 6th April 2015.