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Budget 2012: Announcements for businesses

Budget 2012 was designed to prove that the UK 'unashamedly backs businesses' according to Chancellor George Osborne.

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Budget 2012: Chancellor begins against record borrowing figures

Chancellor George Osborne stands to deliver today's Budget after a blow this morning from official figures indicating that public sector borrowing hit a record £15.183 billion pounds last month - close to double of the £8.875 billion in February and what economists had forecast.

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Osborne: Budget to tackle stamp duty avoidance

New 'aggressive' measures to deal with stamp duty tax avoidance will form part of Wednesday's Budget, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed.

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Government closes agricultural tax loophole

The Government has moved to immediately close an 'aggressive' income tax avoidance scheme involving property business loss relief.

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Report advises fairer treatment of tax disputes

Tax compliance and disputes handled by HMRC should be handled with complete impartiality regardless of company size, a Treasury sub-committee report has found.

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Business leaders push for 'realistic' Budget targets

Chancellor George Osborne should make 'a radical shift in policy' in the forthcoming Budget in order to boost the economy in the long term, according to the Institute of Directors (IoD).

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Simplify tax system for small businesses, says OTS

The UK's tax system should be simplified to ease pressure on small businesses, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has said.

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'Scrap the 50p tax rate', businesses tell Chancellor

More than 500 businesses have urged Chancellor George Osborne to cut the 50p top rate of tax in the forthcoming budget in order to help the UK economy.

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Tax disputes to be made more 'transparent'

HMRC has announced new governance arrangements in order to provide 'greater transparency, scrutiny and accountability' for significant tax disputes.

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New HMRC taskforces to target market and auto traders

HMRC is to launch 30 new taskforces in 2012/13 which will specifically target market stall holders, car sales people, and rag traders as it continues its clampdown on those who attempt to dodge the tax man.

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