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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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Chancellor warned over new top rate income tax

The government could fail to raise the amounts of money it anticipates following the Chancellor’s decision to introduce a new 45 per cent top income tax band, it has been claimed.

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Stamp duty change may be extended

It is thought that the Chancellor may use the Budget to announce that last year’s temporary cut in stamp duty will be extended for a further three months.

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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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