‘Excessive’ payment surcharges to be outlawed

‘Excessive’ payment surcharges to be outlawed

Businesses will be banned from levying “excessively high” surcharges on all forms of payment before the end of this year, under government plans. Firms will be able to add a small charge to cover their actual costs for using any particular form of payment but following Office of Fair Trading (OFT) recommendations, the government announced on 23 December that it plans to: ban excessive surcharges Read more…

Employment tribunal fees plan unveiled

Employment tribunal fees plan unveiled

The government has outlined its plans for charging fees to take cases to employment tribunals, designed to cut a multi-million pound bill for the taxpayer and ease pressure on businesses. Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly launched a consultation on 14 December on two sets of proposals to ensure that people contribute financially for using the employment tribunal system, which is currently entirely publicly funded. There were Read more…

Taxman to review record checks project

Taxman to review record checks project

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is to carry out a review of its Business Record Checks project, designed to tackle poor record-keeping by small and medium-sized enterprises. In September 2011, HMRC said it planned to complete up to 12,000 checks by the end of the current financial year with 20,000 provisionally planned for 2012-13. Following pilot schemes in eight areas earlier in the year, HMRC Read more…