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Emergency Budget 2010: tough measures for tough times

Not for a political generation or two has a Budget generated such intense interest. Pre-announcements by the Coalition Government had prepared everyone for large-scale changes to the tax system and for deep public spending cuts.

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Emergency Budget 2010: VAT to rise

As had been expected, the Chancellor has chosen to raise the basic rate of VAT, from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent.

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Emergency Budget 2010: Speech headlines

The Chancellor has concluded his emergency Budget speech. We are now in the process of updating our Budget Report and putting together a series of news articles. However, the headline news from the Chancellor’s statement is:

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Emergency Budget 2010: Speech begins

The Chancellor, George Osborne has risen to his feet in the House of Commons at 12.30 pm and has embarked on what is regarded as one of the most important and far-reaching Budget speeches in a generation.

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Plea to keep 'time to pay' tax scheme

The government should resist any temptation to axe the ‘time to pay’ scheme that allows businesses to defer their tax payments.

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All public spending should be under scrutiny, says BCC

No government department budgets should be firewalled against spending cuts, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has argued.

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Tax changes should go 'hand-in-hand' with growth plans

The Chancellor must temper measures aimed at reducing the deficit in the public finances with plans to help businesses innovate, grow and employ, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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Businesses get online VAT filing reminder

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that businesses need to be mindful of changes to the rules on VAT payments.

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