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Firms urged to update business records or risk penalties

Business owners are being reminded to keep their business records up to date, following a report that HMRC issued large fines to a company who failed to notify the authority of a change of name.

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Venture capital investments between EU countries causing tax issues

A consultation into tax problems arising from venture capital investment made across different EU states has been launched by the European Commission (EC).

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SMEs warned about contractor tax obligations

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) hiring self-employed contractors are being warned about the risk of avoiding their tax obligations.

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Tax relief could boost oil and gas industry

Tax relief changes could benefit the North Sea oil and gas industry by freeing up billions of pounds for investment, the Government has announced.

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SMEs 'fear' returns and the taxman, says report

Small businesses worry about filling in tax returns correctly and dealing with HMRC, according to a report carried out for the tax authority.

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Pass over of tax powers to Northern Ireland delayed

Talks to decide on whether Northern Ireland should be granted the power to set its own rate of corporation tax have ended without agreement.

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New tax guidance for employers on company paid healthcare

New guidance on the tax implications for companies offering paid healthcare for their employees has been published.

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HMRC cleared of 'sweetheart deals' with big businesses

HMRC's handling of settlements involving multi million pound disputes between large corporations has been judged as 'reasonable' by the National Audit Office (NAO).

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Tax avoidance: Consultation on general anti-abuse rule launched

The Government has launched a consultation on a new general anti-abuse rule (GAAR) designed to tackle what it terms 'artificial and abusive tax avoidance schemes'.

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Heathrow capacity hindering Northern Ireland economy, says lobby group

Over stretched capacity at Heathrow airport will damage Northern Ireland's economic growth, says the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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