Businesses that delayed settling their tax bills under a scheme introduced by the government to help those struggling in the economic downturn are paying back the much of the money owed.

Charities are all set to benefit from a tax break on any donation made by text message.

Treasury plans to increase the rate of VAT to 17.5 per cent at the end of the year appear certain to go ahead.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is facing £8.5 billion in claims for overpaid VAT.

Under certain circumstances, an option to tax is disapplied if the person occupying the relevant property does not intend to use it predominantly for taxable purposes.

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