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The latest tax, employment, business and economic news affecting firms and individuals alike. Updated each day.

Savings returns dip to new low

14 Jan 09

Savers have been confronted with more bad news on the release of figures from the Bank of England showing that savings accounts are paying out the lowest interest rates since 1995.

Government lending package to support small businesses

14 Jan 09

The government has unveiled details of plans designed to provide SMEs with easier access to credit and to help with the cash flow problems afflicting many firms as the economic downturn deepens.

Businesses offered the chance to rearrange tax payments

13 Jan 09

How businesses that are experiencing difficulties can use the new Business Payment Support Scheme to delay their tax payments.

Late tax payments and the construction industry

13 Jan 09

How the new Business Payment Support Scheme affects sub-contractors in the construction industry.

Government may boost small business loan scheme

13 Jan 09

Ministers are thought to be debating the introduction of a £20 billion business loan guarantee scheme as a way of ensuring that firms have access to desperately needed financing and credit.