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Firms urged to take advantage of interest-free green loans

05 May 09

Interest-free loans worth £100 million over two years are being offered to businesses looking to invest in new, energy-efficient equipment and machinery.

Employers reminded of looming annual returns date

05 May 09

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded employers that the date for filing their annual employer returns is imminent.

Change back to old VAT rate should be 'delayed'

05 May 09

The government should consider switching the date on which the standard rate of VAT moves from 15 per cent to its former level of 17.5 per cent.

Taxpayers warned over refund email scams

01 May 09

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned taxpayers to be on their guard against fraudulent emails promising them a tax rebate.

Trade credit insurance scheme starts up

01 May 09

Businesses that are facing cuts in the level of available credit insurance cover can begin to make use of a new government support scheme from 1 May.