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Early staging dates for pension auto enrolment now available

Businesses now have the option to bring forward the staging date in which they will automatically enrol employees into a work place pension scheme.

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New mobile apps to help small firms with record keeping

New mobile apps that will allow small businesses access to simple record keeping accounts on the go are to be produced by commercial software houses, following consultation with HMRC.

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Temporary agency workers drive business growth but lower wages

Using temporary agency workers can improve company performance but cause anxiety amongst permanent staff who receive lower wages for the same roles, a new study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has found.

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HMRC's Real Time Information (RTI) pilot launched

A pilot project marking a significant change in the way that PAYE payments are calculated has been launched by HMRC, with the first volunteer employers testing the new Real Time Information (RTI) system.

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Injury reporting changes to cut paper work by 30%

Amendments to the rules on reporting work place injuries will save British companies thousands of hours of paper work, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the independent watchdog for work-related health and safety and illness.

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Finance Bill 2012 published

The Government has published the Finance Bill 2012, in which tax measures announced in Budget 2011 and 2012 come into force.

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Stamp prices to increase by nearly 40%

The cost of first and second class stamps is to rise after the regulator Ofcom granted Royal Mail greater freedom to set its own prices.

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Pension auto-enrolment thresholds confirmed to rise

The earnings thresholds for automatic pension enrolment will be aligned with tax and national insurance contributions, the Government has confirmed following consultations.

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Business groups want red tape further scrutinised

The independent regulatory body designed to monitor Government business regulations should be granted greater powers if it is to defend small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) against new regulations, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Online VAT filing: Are you ready?

HMRC has issued a reminder that all VAT registered businesses in the UK will now have to submit their VAT returns online, and also pay any VAT owed electronically, from 1 April.

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