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Spending cuts and other predictions for the 2009 Budget

When Alistair Darling stands up in the House of Commons on 22 April, he will be delivering his Budget speech against the backdrop of one of the worst post-war recessions, if not the worst.

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Chance to file earlier self assessment returns online

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that, as from 6 April 2009, it is possible to submit self assessment tax returns online that cover earlier years.

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Tax charter fails to meet needs of taxpayers

The draft of the taxpayers’ charter, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and taxpayers, has been described as “inadequate”.

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Rate changes mark new tax year

The arrival of the new tax year sees the introduction of a number of changes to tax rates.

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Fuel tax increase ups the cost of petrol

The deferred increase in fuel duty has finally reached the petrol pumps.

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Business and personal tax changes introduced

As well as changes to the rules governing employers and businesses, this April's common commencement date also introduces some amendments to the tax system.

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End of tax year looms

Taxpayers are being reminded that they have only until Friday to prepare for the end of the tax year.

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Stamp duty needs reform

The government should raise the threshold for stamp duty in order to aid the recovery of the housing market.

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Tax return mistakes get new penalty system

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded taxpayers that a new penalty regime for tax errors is due to come into effect soon.

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Late tax payments see interest rate cut

Taxpayers who are late in meeting their tax bills are to be charged a lower rate of interest on unpaid liabilities.

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