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More tax help for struggling businesses

Businesses that believe they will make a trading loss in the current tax year can ask HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to take the anticipated loss into account as part of any rescheduling of their corporation tax or income tax payments.

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Wage cuts and freezes in the pipeline

Over half of employers are intending to freeze wages this year, and 12 per cent are planning to introduce wage cuts, according to a new survey.

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Extra pension tax charges for high earners

A detail in the Budget announcement has revealed that people who earn more than £150,000 a year will have to pay tax on the contributions that their employers make to their company pension schemes.

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Budget 2009: an outline summary

The Chancellor has delivered one of the most important Budgets in years against a backdrop of rising unemployment, soaring government borrowing and quite possibly the hardest hitting recession since the Second World War.

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Budget must centre on private sector business, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has argued that the Budget needs to focus on giving private sector businesses the freedom and flexibility needed to pull the economy out of recession.

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Short-time working 'deserves' government support

Business groups and unions have called on the government to implement a temporary short-time working scheme across the UK in the forthcoming Budget.

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Employers reminded of annual return date

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded employers that they need to file their Employer Annual Returns by 19 May.

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Action required to enable firms to retain staff

More needs to be done by the government to help smaller employers hold on to their staff during the recession.

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Employers may need to pay more to safeguard pensions after the recession

Plans have been mooted to raise the amounts that employers pay to protect company pension funds during periods of economic growth in order to balance a fall in the sums they pay during bad times.

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More working parents get the right to request flexible hours

Parents with children aged up to 16 have the right to ask their employers for flexible working patterns as from 6 April.

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