SDLT is ‘biggest barrier’ to home ownership and moving house

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) is calling for changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), following criticisms that the controversial tax is the ‘biggest barrier’ to home ownership and moving house.

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RICS: House price growth will slow in 2017, but rents will rise

Predictions from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suggest that house price growth will slow by more than half in 2017 – whereas rents will rise by as much as three per cent.

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Start-up owners shouldn’t be working overtime this Christmas

Studies suggest that UK owners of small and start-up businesses will be working overtime this Christmas. 60 per cent of entrepreneurs say that the move is a testament to their commitment to growing their firm, but 34 per cent claim

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UK levies more property tax than anywhere else in the world

The UK has the highest residential and commercial property taxes in the developed world, a report has revealed.

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Study sheds light on start-up success

Around 500,000 new businesses have begun trading in 2016 so far, and the latest research suggests that almost 80 per cent of all start-ups have managed to turn over a profit within their first year of doing business. According to

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Concerns that SDLT surcharge is weighing heavily on demand

Former Chancellor George Osborne’s introduction of a three per cent Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) surcharge payable upon purchase of additional residential properties has hit demand for homes, according to housebuilder Berkeley Group. Berkeley Group has branded Osborne’s much-criticised move

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Auto-enrolment affects start-up businesses too

Data suggests that as many as 7,000 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) have been handed out by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to businesses failing to fulfil their auto-enrolment (AE) duties. But did you know that AE compliance also affects small

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Small business confidence is growing, but SMEs lack the business expertise to move forward

A new study has revealed that in the third quarter (Q3) of 2016, small business confidence rose by 11 per cent over figures recorded in Q2 – and currently sits at a new peak.

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Calls for SDLT reforms following ‘worrying’ RICS forecasts

A UK mortgage broker has called for reforms to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) after research and forecasts from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) pointed towards a bleak future for buy-to-let landlords and private renters.

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Concern about the impact of digital tax plan on small businesses

Small business experts have warned that plans to digitise the tax system will place a significant burden on Britain’s SMEs.

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