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NI finance minister puts tax in spotlight

Northern Ireland finance minister Sammy Wilson has accused the Republic of Ireland of 'stealing' tax revenue from the UK, in a comment that will add further pressure on the G8 summit to promote greater tax transparency.

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Northern Ireland businesses urged to complete rental survey

Occupiers of up to 50,000 business premises in Northern Ireland are set to receive letters asking for their rental information as part of the Government's drive to evaluate business rates and taxes.

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National Insurance allowance to boost SME job creation

One in five small businesses is feeling optimistic about growth and expansion following the Government's announcement to introduce a £2,000 allowance towards employer National Insurance contributions (NICs).

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CBI publishes tax principles for businesses

A statement of principles that sets out steps UK businesses should take in order to improve the transparency and understanding of their tax affairs has been published by the Confederation of British Industry.

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Empty properties charged £1.1 billion in business rates

Up to £1.1 billion in business rates were paid on empty properties last year - a 19 per cent increase since 2009 - the Tax Payers' Alliance has revealed.

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Northern Ireland's 5p plastic bag charge comes into force

Retailers in Northern Ireland will now be required to charge customers at least five pence for each new single-use carrier bag under new regulations which come into force on 8 April.

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Budget 2013: announcements for businesses

A new allowance for employers' National Insurance contributions and an accelerated reduction in corporation tax to 20 per cent from April 2015 were some of the key announcements for businesses in Chancellor George Osborne's Budget 2013.

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More certainty needed on Scottish business rates

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to show more predictability and certainty in its approach to business rates.

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Record number of tax-returns filed on time

A record 9.61 million people filed and sent their self-assessment tax returns this year, with 7.93 million sent online, HMRC has revealed.

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Scottish business groups comment on rates relief scheme

Business groups have been responding to the Scottish Government's announcement to introduce a business rates relief of up to 100 per cent on empty properties from April this year.

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