Personal Tax

Pre-Budget Report 2009: personal tax

One of the major announcements in Alistair Darling’s pre-Budget Report was the decision to raise employers’ and employees’ national insurance contributions.

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Property price increases may need 'tax' controls

A member of the Bank of England’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee has suggested that taxation may be needed to curb future boom-bust fluctuations in the UK housing and commercial property market.

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Pensions could suffer if entrepreneurs shy from occupational schemes

Plans by the government to cut pension tax relief for high earners could have an adverse effect on workplace pension schemes, it has been warned.

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Rise in inheritance tax threshold may be frozen

Plans to exclude more homeowners from inheritance tax charges may become a victim of the effects of the recession, it has been suggested.

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Offshore account holders get more time to come forward

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has extended its tax ‘amnesty’ for people with undeclared funds in offshore accounts.

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Reforming tax system could 'close' budget deficit gap

An overhaul of the UK’s tax system could generate enough government income to reduce public debt significantly.

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Call to reform stamp duty

Stamp duty needs to be restructured if the housing market is to recover across the whole country, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said.

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Tax complaints needing over a year to be resolved

It is taking 13 months on average for tax disputes to be sorted out, new figures indicate.

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