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Businesses urged to step up IT security

A new survey says that IT security breaches are costing theUKeconomy billions of pounds a year. A total of 447 businesses were quizzed for the…

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Posted on: 1st May 2012

Apps aid record-keeping on the go

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has highlighted the availability of mobile apps that can help small businesses with record keeping on the go. Commercial software businesses, following consultation with HMRC,…

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Posted on: 1st May 2012

R&D tax credit consultation launched

The government has launched a consultation on the new above the line (ATL) research and development (R&D) tax credit for…

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Posted on: 4th April 2012

HSE delays move to reclaim costs

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has delayed the introduction of a scheme under which it would recover its costs from businesses that break health…

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Posted on: 4th April 2012

Auto-enrolment threshold to be aligned with tax

The government has announced that automatic pension enrolment rates are to be aligned with tax and national insurance thresholds, to streamline administration for businesses. In October, the largest employers will be the first to start…

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Posted on: 4th April 2012

Be prepared for Diamond Jubilee, employers told

Employers are being urged to plan ahead for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee holiday in June. To mark the occasion, the last bank holiday in May has been moved to Monday, 4 June 2012 and there…

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Posted on: 4th April 2012

Self-employed plumber jailed for tax evasion

A man has been jailed for 12 months for evading £91,000 of income tax and national insurance during ten years of trading as a self-employed plumber. David Williams, 53, was sentenced on 27 March at…

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Posted on: 4th April 2012

Stamp price rises to soar

Royal Mail has announced steep rises in the prices of stamps from 30 April 2012. The price of a first class stamp for a standard letter will rise from 46p…

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Posted on: 4th April 2012

New taskforces planned to target tax cheats

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to launch 30 new taskforces to crack down on tax dodgers in 2012-13. The taskforces will target specific business sectors in specific locations where there is evidence of tax…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

‘Avoid early release pension offers’ warning

Consumers have been urged to steer clear of  offers that claim to be able to provide loans or release tax-free cash from people’s pension pots before they reach the age of 55. The Pensions Regulator,…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

Penalties on way for late tax returns

Almost one million taxpayers will receive a penalty for filing their tax return late, but the figure has fallen substantially on last year. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announced on…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

£1bn boost for business growth

An extra £1 billion has been set aside by the government to help businesses to grow and create new jobs. The funding, part of the…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

New lenders join SME loan scheme

Four new lenders have been accredited to offer loans to small businesses under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme, the government has announced. The EFG…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

IHT relief on businesses ‘safe’

Family business owners have been reassured that the government has no plans to remove a valuable inheritance tax relief. A recent report by the London School of Economics, which had called for the removal of…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012

HMRC to rethink business record checks

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced a fresh approach to its business records checks (BRC) programme in 2012, following a review of a pilot for the scheme. The review,…

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Posted on: 2nd March 2012