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Online tax and Government spending calculator launched

A new online tax calculator enabling individuals to work out how much tax they pay, and how the Government spends it, has been launched by HMRC.

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End of stamp duty holiday encourages higher value property purchases in Scotland

First time buyers in Scotland purchased higher priced property in the first quarter of 2012 as a result of taking advantage of the stamp duty concession, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said.

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UK's free banking debate picks up pace

A top official at the Bank of England has added to speculation that the UK's banking system could be set to change after labelling free banking a 'dangerous myth'.

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Rural businesses hampered by slow broadband

Six in ten rural small and medium sized enterprises SMEs suffer with poor broadband connection, research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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Bank defends effect of quantitative easing on pension pots

The deputy governor of the Bank of England's decision making committee has defended its use of quantitative easing (QE) as savers see their pension pots squeezed.

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£200 million coaching programme aims to accelerate SME growth

A new £200 million coaching programme aimed at helping up to 26,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to reach their full potential, has been launched by the Government.

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Businesses call for extended jobless entrepreneur funding

Small business groups are calling for the new enterprise allowance (NEA) scheme to be extended to encourage more jobless entrepreneurs to set up businesses.

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UK inflation falls to two year low

Inflation fell to its lowest level since February 2010 in April, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Northern Ireland fares worst in UK for retail performance and shop vacancies

The number of shoppers in Northern Ireland fell by 4.7 per cent in the three months to April, figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have shown.

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EU trends show corporate and personal tax rates are on the up

The average standard VAT rates in the European Union's 27 countries have risen dramatically since 2008, a new report into taxation trends by the European Commission has found.

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