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Possible VAT rise predicted

A new government may have to give serious consideration to an increase in VAT, it has been forecast.

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What the political parties are promising

With the election looming, the main political parties have outlined what they intend to do on business support and tax.

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Reform the tax system to 'rebalance' the economy

The UK’s tax regime requires a major overhaul if the economy is to be balanced and competitive.

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Increasing VAT could 'hit' the recovery

Pushing up the rate of VAT in order to tackle the budget deficit could have a detrimental impact on the economic recovery, a new study has claimed.

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Chancellor says Budget will not offer a 'giveaway'

Alistair Darling has said that the upcoming Budget won’t be delivering a pre-election giveaway.

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Call for Budget to 'review' flat rate VAT

The government has been urged to look at the issue of flat rate VAT charges in the forthcoming Budget.

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Complicated tax rules 'stifle' business growth

Three out of four small firms would be better placed to develop their businesses if the tax regime were simpler, a new survey has claimed.

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Revenue and Customs briefs from 2007 and 2008 re-issued

On 12 January 2010, HMRC saw fit to re-issue a number of Revenue & Customs Briefs originally issued in 2007 and 2008.

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HMRC policy on 'Lennartz' accounting to be amended

A case heard by the ECJ in 2009, Vereniging Noordelijke Land-en Tuinbouw Organisatie v Staatssecretaris van Financien (C-515/07), has shown that up until now, HMRC have allowed a much wider application of ‘Lennartz’ accounting than should be the case under EU law.

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Tax date likely to see increase in deferred payment requests

The government’s scheme to help businesses that are struggling to pay their tax bills could see a rise in requests to delay payments as the self-assessment date approaches.

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