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Business rates hike should be dropped

12 Jan 09

The government has been urged to reconsider plans to raise the amount of tax that retailers pay on their properties.

Tax payments by direct debit

12 Jan 09

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that more taxpayers now have the option to meet their bills by direct debit.

Mixed business response to latest interest rates cut

09 Jan 09

The Bank of England’s decision to reduce interest rates to 1.5 per cent means that the official cost of borrowing is now at its lowest in its 315-year history.

Companies face increase in late filing penalties

09 Jan 09

Companies that are late in submitting their annual accounts to Companies House will have to pay more in penalties.

Extra apprenticeships to be created to help jobs market

08 Jan 09

The government has announced funding for an extra 35,000 apprenticeships.