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New rules for taking cash abroad

The Editor [News] 09:18 06/07/07
A new European Union (EU) law on travellers declaring "cash" came into force on June 15 2007 in the UK and throughout the EU. It has been introduced to help combat money laundering, including tax evasion. Qdos Consulting looks at what it means for travellers.


Lessons learnt from tax enquiry

The Editor [News] 11:30 03/07/07
A letter from the taxman announcing the start of an enquiry into your business can be the beginning of a worrying and costly time. Keith Preece, from Qdos Consulting, looks at one case he dealt with, which was typical in some aspect but unusual in others.


Plans to improve construction payment practices

The Editor [News] 11:08 20/06/07
Plans to improve payment practices throughout the construction industry were unveiled by Industry and Regions Minister Margaret Hodge. The sector is one of the UK's biggest industries, accounting for nearly nine per cent of the economy. It has improved payment practices over the past decade but problems remain.


Arctic case concludes

The Editor [News] 09:08 11/06/07
The Arctic Systems test case in the House of Lords concluded after a day and a half - somewhat shorter than had orginially been expected. A decision is unlikely for a few weeks, if not longer.


The case of the married couple and the taxman (2)

The Editor [News] 14:11 04/06/07
June 5 sees the start of a landmark case in the House of Lords which could have significant financial implications for hundreds of thousands of small businesses owned by husband and wives or close partners. Hardhatter reviews why the eyes of the small business community are now focused on a small West Sussex IT consultancy called Arctic Systems owned by husband and wife, Geoff and Diana Jones.


The case of the married couple and the taxman (1)

The Editor [News] 09:21 01/06/07
The first week in June, sees the beginning of the end of a long legal road for one married couple in business together - and a test case in the House of Lords which could have significant financial ramifications for thousands of couples in business together.


Threat to loft conversions warns FMB

The Editor [News] 09:33 25/05/07
Proposed changes to the planning system designed to make it easier for home renovations will in fact make it worse for those wanting a loft conversion warns trade body, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).


EU plans crackdown on illegal workers

The Editor [News] 12:10 22/05/07
As the EU plans a crackdown on firms hiring illegal immigrants, law firm DWF is warning employers to ensure that new recruits have the right to work in the UK.


Housekeeping on the hard drive

The Editor [News] 13:12 18/05/07
So you've taken the plunge, bought the PC, set up the home office - and joined the fast-growing band of people starting up in business for themselves.


Nationwide search for top apprentice

The Editor [News] 09:00 15/05/07
Thanks to TV tycoon Sir Alan Sugar, being an apprentice is back in fashion. As Sir Alan launches his search to find his perfect candidate, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) begins its hunt for apprentices who have already made their name in the construction industry.


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