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Business group urges automatic rates relief

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the government to make the rates relief to which small firms are entitled automatic.

Tax charter fails to meet needs of taxpayers

The draft of the taxpayers’ charter, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and taxpayers, has been described as “inadequate”.

Action required to enable firms to retain staff

More needs to be done by the government to help smaller employers hold on to their staff during the recession.

Recovery from recession could be 'three years' away

The UK economy could take up to three years to regain the levels of growth seen before the recession hit, a think tank has predicted.

Tax breaks 'needed' to boost business investment

The Chancellor is being urged to use the forthcoming Budget to introduce tax measures that will encourage business investment.

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