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Online filing boost for employers’ returns

The vast majority of employers filed their annual returns online this year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

Firms need extra time to deal with pension deficits

The CBI has urged a change to the pension system in order to allow businesses extra breathing space in which to make good the shortfalls in their final salary schemes.

Default retirement age should be dropped

Laws that allow employers to oblige employees to retire at 65 should be scrapped.

Business lending still in a trough

Lending to both large and small firms remains weak, the Bank of England has said.

IR35 comes under fire for its negligible tax take

Figures have been released showing that the IR35 tax regulations are producing an average of just £1.5 million a year in tax revenues.

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