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Thursday 28 February 2013

Whistleblowers to receive greater protection

Whistleblowers are set to receive greater protection against bullying and harassment in the workplace, following amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.  To find out more, read the full article here.

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Revenue issues warning over tax rebate emails

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned taxpayers not to respond to ‘phishing’ emails regarding tax rebates, as it emerged that taxpayers reported almost 80,000 of the bogus emails last year.  To find out more, read the article here.

Monday 25 February 2013

Fuel prices 'to reach record levels' by Easter

Fuel prices are set to reach record levels by Easter, according to motoring organisation the AA.  Find out more and read the article here.

Friday 22 February 2013

Penalty notices sent to 850,000 taxpayers

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is sending out 850,000 penalty notices to taxpayers who have failed to file their self assessment tax returns, or pay any tax owed, by the 31 January deadline.  Read the full article here.

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Slow broadband speed 'hampering rural businesses'

Six in 10 rural firms are struggling with the slow speed of their broadband, a survey from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed.  Find out more on our website.

Monday 18 February 2013

Government could raise income tax allowance 'above £10,000'

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has told the BBC that the Government might consider raising the starting point for paying income tax above the Coalition's stated target of £10,000.  Find out more and read the article here.

Friday 15 February 2013

Inheritance tax threshold frozen 'until at least 2019'

The inheritance tax (IHT) threshold is set to be frozen until at least April 2019 in order to fund reform of the social care system, the Government has announced.  To find out more, read the article here.

Friday 8 February 2013

Downturn sparks surge in self-employment

The number of self-employed workers in the UK has risen by almost 10% since the start of the recession, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Find out more and read the article here.  For advice on setting up your own business, contact us.

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Switching accounts will be easier following banking reform, says Osborne

From September individuals and businesses will be able to switch accounts to rival banks within seven days, as part of plans to encourage greater competition in the banking sector.  Find out more on our website.

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Decision on fuel pricing 'is a missed opportunity'

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has expressed disappointment over the decision by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) not to take further action regarding UK fuel prices.  To find out more, click here to read the article on our website.