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Inflation unexpectedly rises to 3.5%

Inflation in the UK rose in March to 3.5 per cent, up from 3.4 per cent the previous month, driven by higher food, clothing and recreation prices, according to the Office of National Statistics.

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Guidance published on reduced rate of inheritance tax

HMRC has released guidance on the new reduced rate of inheritance tax available to estates which leave a ten per cent donation to a registered charity.

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New tax year brings in tax and benefit changes

Significant tax and benefit changes, which come into force with the beginning of the 2012/13 tax year on 6 April, will affect millions of families around the UK, according to Government and opposition figures.

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Stamp prices to increase by nearly 40%

The cost of first and second class stamps is to rise after the regulator Ofcom granted Royal Mail greater freedom to set its own prices.

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Government's solar panel appeal rejected

The Government has failed to get permission to appeal to the Supreme Court over the cutting of solar panel subsidies.

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Concerns child benefit reforms will cause complications

Changes to the child benefit system announced in the Budget will cause a 'high degree of complexity' in take up and HMRC administration, says the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

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Budget 2012: 50p tax rate cut while income tax threshold is raised

Chancellor George Osborne announced that the 50p top rate of tax will be reduced to 45p in April, and a further £1,100 increase in the personal allowance by 2013, in the Budget made earlier this afternoon.

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Osborne: Budget to tackle stamp duty avoidance

New 'aggressive' measures to deal with stamp duty tax avoidance will form part of Wednesday's Budget, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed.

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Billions in unprotected cash left in UK homes

New research from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has found that more than £5.6 billion in cash is left unsecured in people's homes in the UK.

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Rush to beat stamp duty holiday boosts housing market

House sales were up in January as an increased number of first-time buyers made the most of the stamp duty holiday which is to end in March, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says.

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