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The government must act to reduce the burden that planned increases in business rates are likely to impose on smaller firms.

Charities look set to suffer a sharp fall in the donations they receive from businesses.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded employers that the rules on reporting car benefits change as from 6 April 2009.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has expressed its dismay at learning that the government intends to go ahead with plans to drop the VAT staff hire concession as from 1 April.

Online banking fraud rose by £30 million last year, according to new figures.

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