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Recovery Loan Scheme to be relaunched

Recovery Loan Scheme to be relaunched

The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) will be relaunched during August 2022 as the government aims to continue supporting recovering small businesses. The RLS launched in April 2021 and was originally scheduled to run until 31 December 2021. At Autumn Budget 2021, the government extended the scheme by six months to 30 June 2022 and made some adjustments to its terms. The government provided a guarantee of 80% for loans made before 1 January 2022 and 70% for loans after that…

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Reform required to combat staff shortages, says BCC

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for action to help firms employ more staff amidst recruitment difficulties. A survey carried out by the business group revealed that 61% of firms are looking to recruit more employees, but many are facing difficulties in doing so. According to the BCC, the construction sector is facing the most severe recruitment challenges, with 83% of construction businesses reporting issues with recruiting skilled workers. The BCC has outlined a three-point plan to help…

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IoD calls for extension of capital allowances super-deduction

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has called on the government to extend the capital allowances super-deduction. Data published by the IoD found that the super-deduction has had ‘a positive and measurable impact’ since it was introduced at Budget 2021. The data showed that 13% of firms reported that the super-deduction had had a direct impact on their level of investment undertaken between 2021and 2023. For half of these businesses, it was entirely new investment as a direct result of the…

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Insurer warns of rise in fraudulent claims amid cost-of-living crisis

Insurer Zurich UK has stated that there has been a significant increase in the number of fraudulent claims as a result of the cost-of-living crisis. Zurich found that between 1 January and 31 May 2022, the number of fraudulent property claims rose by 25% compared to the same period in 2021. It also stated that in the last five months, it has prevented fraud amounting to £4.2 million, which equates to more than £40,000 a day. TVs, mobile phones and…

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New finance legislation aims to unlock investments

The government has introduced legislation to Parliament, which it says will enhance the competitiveness of the UK financial services sector and unlock tens of billions of pounds of investment. The Financial Services and Markets Bill repeals hundreds of pieces of EU retained law to deliver a ‘comprehensive model of regulation for the UK’. The government says this will establish a ‘coherent, agile and internationally respected approach to financial services regulation that works in the interests of British people and businesses’.…

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Pandemic-born businesses could add £20.4 billion to UK economy

More than £20 billion could be added to the UK economy in the future from the number of additional businesses created during the pandemic, according to research carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Around 800,000 companies were registered in the first year of the pandemic, a 22% increase compared with the previous year. Only 13% of these start-ups cited regulation as a challenge when starting their business. However, access to finance was a key concern for many…

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New homeowners warned over tax refund claims

New homeowners are being warned about cold calls from rogue tax repayment agents advising them to make speculative Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) refund claims, which could leave them with large tax bills. The warning comes after a recent spate of Stamp Duty refund claims to HMRC failed to meet specific criteria. The agents have been known to call new property owners after finding them through Land Registry records and property search websites, promising money back on ‘unknowingly overpaid’ SDLT.…

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MTD for income tax pilot extended

HMRC is extending the pilot for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD ITSA) to more self-employed workers and landlords. From July, those taking part will be able to test MTD ITSA before April 2024, including their own internal processes for managing MTD. Agents and customers are already taking part, and HMRC wants more agents to start signing up a small number of their clients to trial the system. It is noted that clients will need to have…

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HMRC criticised over IR35 implementation

HMRC needs to demonstrate that off-payroll working rules, commonly known as IR35, can operate effectively and fairly in the real world, according to a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The tax authority should also investigate whether the costs and unintended consequences of IR35 are proportionate to the additional tax revenue that the reforms raise. The PAC concluded that it is too difficult for workers to challenge incorrect status determinations. It also said that HMRC is not doing enough…

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Inflation hits 40-year high

UK inflation rose to 9.1% in May from 9% in April as the cost-of-living crisis continues, according to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). It was a slight increase on the 9% figure of the previous month, which was driven upwards by April’s unprecedented rise in the energy price cap and is estimated to be the highest since 1982. The ONS said rising prices for food and non-alcoholic drinks, compared with falls a year ago, pushed up the…

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