Business tax

Autumn Statement confirmed for 4 December

This year's Autumn Statement will be held on Wednesday 4 December, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed on his Twitter account.

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SMEs hindered by complex tax system, says business group

Half of small businesses spend between two and eight hours each month trying to understand and calculate their taxes and complete their returns, a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses has found.

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Financial transactions tax faces criticism

A tax on transactions made by banks and financial institutions in 11 European Union (EU) countries would be 'illegal', according to EU lawyers.

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Plastic bag charge worth £90 million to Scottish economy

Charging shoppers for single-use bags in Scotland could generate £90 million for the economy, a report by the Scottish Government says.

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UK corporation tax system is 'too complex' says committee

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has said the UK corporation tax system does 'not work' and 'urgently needs reform'.

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Government consults on new tax reliefs

The Government has launched a consultation on providing two new tax reliefs worth £50 million to boost and support the creation of employee-owned companies.

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A third of top businesses legally reduce tax bills

The survey, which questioned business decision makers and members of the public, found that 34 per cent of the highest earning businesses and individuals take advantage of measures to reduce their tax liability, compared with just 18 per cent of SMEs.

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Scottish stamp duty tax change edges closer

A bill allowing Scotland to set its own rate of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) separate to that of the UK has reached its third stage of debate in the Scottish Parliament.

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NI finance minister puts tax in spotlight

Northern Ireland finance minister Sammy Wilson has accused the Republic of Ireland of 'stealing' tax revenue from the UK, in a comment that will add further pressure on the G8 summit to promote greater tax transparency.

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Northern Ireland businesses urged to complete rental survey

Occupiers of up to 50,000 business premises in Northern Ireland are set to receive letters asking for their rental information as part of the Government's drive to evaluate business rates and taxes.

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