Businesses face VAT crackdown

Up to 50,000 businesses that have failed to submit VAT returns have been warned that their tax affairs could soon come under close scrutiny. More than 600,000 businesses submit VAT… Read more…

Tax avoidance scheme closed down

The government has again underlined its focus on tackling tax avoidance by closing down a scheme being marketed as a way for companies to artificially reduce corporation tax bills. The… Read more…

Motivation staff ‘key challenge in 2013’

Employment relations service Acas has highlighted motivating and engaging employees as key challenges for employers in 2013. Looking forward over the next 12 months, John Taylor, Acas chief executive, said… Read more…

New statutory payment rates issued

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced new statutory payment rates for 2013-14, which are due to take effect from April 2013. The rates for maternity, paternity and adoption… Read more…

Red tape costs to be cut faster

The costs of red tape on business will be slashed at twice the present rate from January 2013, the government says. From January, every new regulation imposing a new financial… Read more…