Business tax

SME share scheme gets long-term EU support

A share scheme designed to help SMEs recruit and keep talented staff has been given the long-term backing of the European Commission.

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Fall in tax receipts means VAT to rise as planned

There seems no prospect that the cut in VAT will be extended beyond the planned end of the year reversion to the old rate after it was revealed that tax revenues have fallen sharply.

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Companies to get reminder of corporation tax changes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is in the process of contacting some half a million companies, advising them of important changes to the way that corporation tax is to be filed in the future.

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CIS return date

Chance to offer views on business rates revaluation

Firms are being reminded that they can express their views on the transitional arrangements for the next business rates revaluation.

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Tax plans would help high streets recover

The Chancellor has been urged to drop VAT on energy efficient domestic appliances in a scheme that would mirror the car scrappage programme.

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Parking tax system could be 'abused'

Honest firms may find themselves penalised by the new Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) scheme, it has been claimed.

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HMRC to investigate misuse of tax rules for temporary workers

Abuses of tax concessions for temporary workers are to come under closer scrutiny by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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The tax system for partnerships

If you form a partnership, you must register it separately with HMRC even if the partners have previously been self-employed. If the partners are new to business, they must also register individually. Registration for both partnerships and individual partners is now done online.

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Easier rates payment scheme could be hit by admin problems

A scheme aimed at helping firms pay their business rates may face delays because of problems in implementing it.

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