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Call for compensation for VAT delays

The Editor [News] 09:40 20/08/07
A major professional tax body has highlighted the problems caused by VAT registration delays and called for a inquiry into the matter and for compensation to be paid to businesses who have suffered financially.


Government, not business, should police immigration

The Editor [News] 11:08 13/08/07
A small business group has told the Government that it should ensure that workers are legal rather than expect small firms to carry out the necessary checks.


After the flood come taxing times

The Editor [News] 09:35 08/08/07
Uninsured or underinsured business owners whose premises suffered flood damage can benefit from major tax savings but only if they stick to the rules.


FMB criticises extra rates for small firms

The Editor [News] 15:08 07/08/07
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has added its weight to the rapidly growing business lobby against the recommendation by MPs that local authorities be giventhe power to levy unlimited supplementary business rates.


Olympics construction fuels rise in IT contractors in engineering

The Editor [News] 08:58 03/08/07
The proportion of all IT contractors who work in the engineering sector has almost doubled in just 12 months, as preparations for the 2012 Olympics accelerate, reveals research from giant group plc, the contractor services provider.


Tax help for people affected by flooding

The Editor [News] 08:41 29/07/07
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that it will retrospective legislation to waive interest and surcharges on tax paid late due to the recent floods.


Small firms tax victory in the Lords

The Editor [News] 11:17 26/07/07
Husbands and wives in business together breathed a sigh of relief this week as the House of Lords put an end to HMRC's attempts to levy the so-called 'married couples' business tax' on small businesses.


New Minister for Construction

The Editor [News] 09:54 16/07/07
Stephen Timms has been appointed the Minister for Construction in the newly-created Department for Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR).


Labour shortages on the rise

The Editor [News] 12:04 13/07/07
Labour shortages in the construction industry are at their highest level since 2005, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in its latest survey of members.


Proposal to give HMRC access to bank accounts

The Editor [News] 09:05 10/07/07
A proposal to give HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) access to bank accounts to collect unpaid taxes has been greeted with concern by one of the major professional tax bodies.


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