The new standard rate of VAT could become a permanent feature of the business landscape.

There is a mix of strategies among business for dealing with the hike in VAT that is due to take effect as from 4 January next year.

Some 35,000 extra jobs could be created if the threshold at which small firms pay VAT is lifted, a leading business group has claimed.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BBC) has issued its latest economic forecast and has said that the UK economy should experience an upturn in growth in 2012.

The government’s response to a report on improving its online services has won the qualified welcome of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

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