Business Tax

Calls for Gift Aid revamp as charitable donations fall

Charity groups are calling for a modernisation of Gift Aid and Payroll Giving schemes after a report revealed a 20 per cent drop in donations last year.

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SMEs face rising business costs

The majority of small businesses in the UK (95 per cent) have seen a rise in business costs over the past year, according to research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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Record number of Scottish SMEs benefit from reduced rate scheme

Around 89,087 Scottish businesses have benefited from the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) in the past year, Government data has revealed.

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Proposals to bring empty Scottish properties back to life

Businesses that move into long term unoccupied shops will be able to apply for discounted business rates under proposals put forward to the Scottish Government.

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Report warns aviation restrictions are hampering growth

A group of MPs and businesses have backed a report into the UK aviation industry which warns Heathrow restrictions are damaging the UK economy.

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Businesses call for a Scottish Budget to support firms and stimulate economy

Business groups are urging the Scottish Government to put the country's economic growth at the heart of its upcoming Budget.

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HMRC speeds up its call helpline target

HMRC is to spend £34 million over the next two years to hire more staff and reach call centre targets two years earlier than planned.

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Firms urged to update business records or risk penalties

Business owners are being reminded to keep their business records up to date, following a report that HMRC issued large fines to a company who failed to notify the authority of a change of name.

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Venture capital investments between EU countries causing tax issues

A consultation into tax problems arising from venture capital investment made across different EU states has been launched by the European Commission (EC).

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SMEs warned about contractor tax obligations

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) hiring self-employed contractors are being warned about the risk of avoiding their tax obligations.

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