VAT to apply to downloads

The Chancellor is closing a loophole that allowed internet companies to avoid paying British VAT on sales of digital goods, such as music, electronic books and smartphone games. Under the new rules, which come into force in January, downloads to British consumers will taxed by HMRC at the standard 20% rate. Sales of digital newspaper […]

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“Clare’s law” introduced in England and Wales

A scheme to let people find out from police if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been brought in across England and Wales. The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – known as Clare’s Law – is intended to provide information that could protect someone from being a victim of attack. The initiative is […]

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Private renting hits 4 million

The most recent English Housing Survey figures count 4m homes as privately rented, with an additional 3.7m rented through “social” landlords. On the other hand, owner-occupied home numbers fell to 14.3m. Home ownership registered at 65.2% of the total, the lowest percentage since 1988. “The proportion of all households in owner occupation increased steadily from […]

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Call to reform stamp duty

The ONS has revealed that the average UK house price reached £250,000 in December, tipping thousands of properties into the 3% stamp duty bracket. The news has prompted calls for the levy to be reformed in next month’s Budget. The ONS said house prices in December were 5.5% higher across the UK compared with a […]

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Business Rate reform promised

The Telegraph newspaper reports that a £415m package of business rates cuts and infrastructure investment is to be unveiled by Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary. The package will include a £1,000 business rates discount for 300,000 small retailers. David Cameron has also suggested that tax on commercial property in the UK could be scrapped. “I […]

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Orpington Business Event on 14th February

Come and meet us on our stand at the Orpington Business Event on 14th February which is being held in The Village Hall by the Memorial Roundabout. We shall be talking about our “Small Busines Advice Service” which is aimed at small to medium size businesses and offering a free legal health check ( click here […]

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MPs back new smoking law

A Commons majority of 269 has seen a ban on smoking in a car carrying children become law. The punishment for drivers will be a £60 fine or points on their licence. MPs voted by 376 votes to 107 in favour of an amendment to the Children and Families Bill which gives the Health Secretary […]

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Business rates reform promised

The Telegraph newspaper reports that a £415m package of business rates cuts and infrastructure investment is to be unveiled by Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary. The package will include a £1,000 business rates discount for 300,000 small retailers. David Cameron has also suggested that tax on commercial property in the UK could be scrapped. “I […]

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Economy growing at fastest rate since 2007

According to the ONS, the economy grew by 1.9% in 2013, its strongest rate since 2007. But growth in GDP for the fourth quarter slipped to 0.7%, down from 0.8% in the previous quarter. And economic output is still 1.3% below its 2008 first quarter level. Responding to the figures, George Osborne said: “These numbers […]

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For more details please go to the Career Opportunities page on this website. Please contact Natalie Ingate on 01689 822554 or email enquiry@thomasdunton.co.uk if you would like to apply for this role, or if you would like any further information.

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