EU calls for closer co-operation to tackle tax avoidance

The European Commission has signalled it is ready to step up efforts to tackle tax avoidance.

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TaxPayers’ Alliance calls for radical simplification of laws in light of Google scandal

Following the recent controversy over Google’s £130m tax back-payment to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has called for a “radical simplification” of Britain’s tax laws.

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Sugar tax needed in war on childhood obesity, says World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has joined those calling for a “sugar tax” on soft drinks in a major report on childhood obesity.

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Britain now a ‘cash-second’ economy as contactless payments rise 250% in one year

Visa Europe have labelled the UK a ‘cash-second’ economy, as the number of contactless card payments rose by a staggering 250% year-on-year in 2015.

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Plans to turn tax returns digital scrapped in favour of new telephone submission

Small businesses will soon be granted the facility to file their tax returns over the telephone, following recent changes to the Government’s initiative to turn tax returns digital by 2020.

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Warning over north/south divide in SME confidence

A new study by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed that confidence among smaller firms varies greatly in different areas of the UK.

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Unemployment is down but wage growth remains a worry

Unemployment across the UK has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade, new statistics have shown.

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UK inflation climbs to 0.2 per cent in December: ONS

UK inflation registered its second consecutive month of growth in December, after remaining close to or below zero for much of last year.

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Time running out to comment on stamp duty surcharge

There are just a few weeks left for people to have their say on controversial proposals to reform stamp duty.

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Huge blow for steel industry as Tata confirms 1050 jobs to be cut

The Government is set to come under fresh pressure to help the steel industry as workers suffer more job losses.

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