Business start-ups

Self-employment declarations should be respected

With thousands of people predicted to start up their own micro-businesses as unemployment rises, a business group has called on the tax authorities to respect their employment status.

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All start-ups should get NIC holiday as confidence stays fragile

A leading business group has urged the government to extend the promise of a national insurance contribution holiday for new businesses right across the country as a new survey shows business confidence in decline.

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New businesses can boost recovery, says report

A study by a leading think-tank has claimed that reducing the obstacles to starting up a new business could push up economic growth significantly over the coming years.

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Government to set up regional growth fund

Plans have been announced to establish a growth fund worth £1 billion to support business and economic development in those English regions likely to be hit by public spending cuts.

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Emergency Budget 2010: tough measures for tough times

Not for a political generation or two has a Budget generated such intense interest. Pre-announcements by the Coalition Government had prepared everyone for large-scale changes to the tax system and for deep public spending cuts.

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Emergency Budget 2010: employers offered national insurance boost

It has been a matter of policy for the government to reverse plans of the previous administration to push up national insurance contributions by 1 per cent as from next April.

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Emergency Budget 2010: Speech begins

The Chancellor, George Osborne has risen to his feet in the House of Commons at 12.30 pm and has embarked on what is regarded as one of the most important and far-reaching Budget speeches in a generation.

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Chancellor to offer one-year employer NIC holiday

The emergency Budget is to give new businesses a one-year break from paying employers’ national insurance contributions on the first ten staff they employ.

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Going into the construction industry

There are special tax rules affecting the construction industry, which are designed to ensure that tax is paid by workers in the sector whether they are employed or self employed.

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The tax system for the self employed

If you start working for yourself, you must register with HMRC within the first 3 full months of self employment in order to avoid a penalty for failure notification.

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