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SMEs planning 'significant investment' in technology this year, research suggests

01 Jun 2023

Research carried out by consumer electronics company Sharp has suggested that nearly half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are planning on increasing their investment in business technology this year.

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Economic Advisory Council launched by BCC to 'power up growth'

31 May 2023

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has launched a new Economic Advisory Council to 'help develop policies to get the UK economy and businesses growing'.

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HMRC increases late payment interest rate to 7%

30 May 2023

Following the Bank of England's latest increase in the base rate, HMRC has increased both late paid tax and the rate paid on repayments of tax.

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Tax-Free Childcare helps 650,000 families save on their childcare costs

26 May 2023

The government's Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) initiative helped 649,935 families to save on their childcare costs during the 2022/23 tax year, HMRC has revealed.

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Typical energy bill to fall under new price cap

25 May 2023

Energy bills will fall to £2,074 a year for the typical household from July under the new price cap announced by regulator Ofgem.

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UK rate of inflation fell sharply in April, data shows

24 May 2023

Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the UK rate of inflation fell to 8.7% in April from 10.1% in March.

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Don't miss out on a tax refund for work expenses, HMRC urges

23 May 2023

HMRC is reminding employed workers they can claim a refund on work-related expenses on the GOV.UK website.

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HMRC seeks views on changes to Construction Industry Scheme

22 May 2023

HMRC is seeking views on measures designed to simply and strengthen the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

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Small businesses 'see no progress on the barriers to growth', BCC warns

19 May 2023

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has urged the government to 'reconnect with businesses' after it warned that small firms aren't seeing any progress on removing the barriers to growth.

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Number of early self assessment filers doubles in five years

18 May 2023

The number of self assessment taxpayers filing their tax return on the first day of the tax year has more than doubled since 2018, HMRC has revealed.

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One in five workers will be higher rate taxpayers by 2027, says IFS

17 May 2023

The number of people paying income tax at 40% or above will reach 7.8 million by 2027/28, according to research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

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Small business owners' mental health 'affected by financial concerns'

16 May 2023

A survey carried out by Purbeck Personal Guarantee Insurance has suggested that half of small business owners have had their mental health adversely affected by financial concerns.

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'Fresh thinking' needed in regard to MTD for ITSA

15 May 2023

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has written to HMRC regarding how Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD for ITSA) can be molded to better suit the needs of small property businesses and the self-employed.

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Interest rates raised for 12th time in a row

12 May 2023

UK interest rates have been raised for the 12th time in a row in a further attempt by the Bank of England to slow rising prices.

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