Points-based immigration system works for small businesses providing “costs are kept down”, says FSB

24 Feb 2020

The Government’s new immigration system “works for small businesses”, but only if costs can be kept to a minimum, an industry body has said.

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Confusion over tax-free childcare scheme affecting its use

20 Feb 2020

The take-up of the Government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme which was introduced as a replacement to childcare vouchers has been hindered by a lack of understanding around eligibility and the financial benefits of the scheme. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) estimates

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Hundreds join demonstration against IR35 rule changes

17 Feb 2020

Hundreds of campaigners have reportedly marched outside Parliament in a demonstration against new off-payroll working rules which are due to come into effect from April this year. The #StoptheOffPayrollTax campaign warns that the rules will damage the economy as employers

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Government launches consultation on plans for new freeports

13 Feb 2020

The Government has launched a consultation on plans to create up to ten freeports across the UK in a bid to encourage global trade and attract inward investment following Brexit.

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Government extends deadline to claim post-Brexit customs support

11 Feb 2020

The deadline for applying for customs and tariff support has been extended to 31 January 2021, the Government has announced.

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Digital sector worth more than £400 million a day to UK economy

6 Feb 2020

According to new Government figures, the digital sector contributed to £149 billion to the country during 2018, accounting for 7.7 per cent of the UK economy.

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Company insolvencies hit six-year high

3 Feb 2020

Company insolvencies increased to their highest annual level for over six years, the latest statistics have shown.

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Rule change to shorten tax deadline for property sellers

30 Jan 2020

Experts are warning that buy-to-let landlords and other property owners are at risk of financial penalties due to an obscure change to tax rules.

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Last call on tax returns, says HMRC

28 Jan 2020

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is calling on taxpayers who have yet to submit their tax return to do so urgently.

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Get up to speed with new off-payroll working rules

20 Jan 2020

Ahead of the introduction of the new off-payroll working rules, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a factsheet outlining the changes and what they mean for small businesses.

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