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Rural SMEs majorly disadvantaged by digital divide, shows report

Vale & WestDec 15,2017
SMEs

More than one million homes and offices still struggle to get a “decent” broadband connection, according to a new report.

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Firms that breach minimum wage law ‘named and shamed’

Vale & WestDec 14,2017
Carole Holt

The Government has published a list of 260 employers that have failed to pay 16,000 workers a combined total of £1.7 million in back pay over the last seven years.

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SME owners likely to work overtime at Christmas

Vale & WestDec 14,2017
Accounting

A new study suggests that a sizeable proportion of British small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners will be forced to work overtime this Christmas due to mounting tax and administrative responsibilities.

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Four in 10 business owners require support ahead of Making Tax Digital

Vale & WestDec 13,2017
Accounting

With Making Tax Digital set to change the way companies prepare their books from 2019, it’s vitally important that business owners acquaint themselves with digital accounting sooner rather than later.

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Self-assessment taxpayers urged to plan ahead amid HMRC telephone chaos

Vale & WestDec 12,2017
Accounting,Tax

This time last week, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announced on social media that ‘technical problems’ had caused its telephone lines to crash.

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Confirmation that personal credit cards will no longer be accepted to pay tax

Vale & WestDec 11,2017
Richard Ziemba

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has now confirmed that it will no longer accept personal credit cards as payment for tax but will accept corporate and business credit cards that are not affected by new rule changes coming in, in January.

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Digital skills crucial to SME success, says FSB

Vale & WestDec 11,2017
Accounting

A new study carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) suggests that almost a quarter (22 per cent) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are suffering from a so-called ‘digital skills shortage’.

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How can landlords counter recent changes to mortgage interest tax relief?

Vale & WestDec 8,2017
Jason Pyke

Earlier this year, the Government announced that landlords’ entitlement to claim tax deductible expenses for mortgage interest payments would be slowly reduced over the coming years.

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Indexation Allowance to be “removed” from next month

Vale & WestDec 8,2017
Tax

The Indexation Allowance, which provides tax-relief for companies’ capital gains, will be frozen from next month to bring the corporate system “into line with personal capital gains tax”.

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SMEs urged to explore international trade

Vale & WestDec 7,2017
SMEs

UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being urged to explore export opportunities, after a recent business tracker found that the number of SMEs trading internationally had fallen.

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