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Annexe amendment added to Finance Bill

Purchasing an 'annexe' liable for SDLT? A proposed amendment to the Finance Bill will remove the annexe tax when applied to purchasing a second property.

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Brexit round-up: 2020 surplus scrapped

Introducing the Brexit round-up, bringing you the top stories each week following the result of the EU referendum.

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Streamlined system to challenge business rates announced

For businesses and councils lodging appeals on business rates, details of a new system for checking and challenging bills have been launched.

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Half a million Help to Buy ISAs opened

Purchasing your first property? Over 500,000 people have opened a Help to Buy ISA.

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Household income at record high

The average household income has risen to £473 a week - its highest level on record and £800 a year more than in 2013/14.

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Chancellor gives statement on EU referendum

The chancellor George Osborne has released a statement following the outcome of the EU referendum.

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EU referendum: business reaction

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. We bring you a round-up of business reaction from industry bodies.

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New state pension – will you qualify?

Do you qualify for the new state pension? The government has agreed to write to those who do not have enough years of national insurance contributions to qualify for the new system.

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FCA announces early exit charge cap proposal

The Financial Conduct Authority is consulting on a 1% cap on early exit charges for accessing contract-based pensions.

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Queen’s Speech 2016: Key legislation

The Queen has announced the government legislation for the year ahead at the state opening of parliament.

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