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BCC Highlights Growing Opposition To Workplace Parking Tax March 4, 2009

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PARKING_METER With the Government’s consultation into a controversial Workplace Parking Levy coming to an end tomorrow (Thursday), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has written to the Transport Secretary outlining the business group’s serious objections to the scheme.

The organisation has previously highlighted the potential £3.4 billion cost to business should all Councils covered by the consultation adopt the scheme copying Nottingham City Council’s blueprint.

In the letter, David Frost, Director General of the BCC, disputes the congestion-busting aims of the WPL and refers to the significant public support for the BCC’s online petition against the WPL.

Already, nearly 6,000 people have signed the petition running on the BCC’s website.

Mr Frost’s letter calls on the Transport Secretary, Geoff Hoon, to reject Nottingham City Council’s bid to roll out the WPL in 2010 and to scrap the WPL scheme altogether.

The BCC’s online petition can be found at:


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Tax On Parking Could Cost Business £3.4 Billion February 6, 2009

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parked_carsBusinesses across England could face an eye-watering £3.4 billion bill for simply using their own car parking spaces.

This monumental cost could become a reality if councils decide to apply for the controversial Workplace Parking Levy (WPL).

Nottingham City Council has already applied to slap businesses with the stealth tax and a final decision from the Secretary of State for Transport, Geoff Hoon, is imminent.

More worryingly, a Department for Transport consultation into the WPL heightens the risk of the scheme’s national roll out as it helps councils across England to apply for take up of the scheme.

The WPL will require all businesses to register workplace parking spaces, which will prove burdensome enough. However, businesses with ten spaces or more, will also suffer a financial strain because each parking space will have to be paid for. The levy will start at £185 in 2010, but will rise to £350 by 2014 (using the blueprint from Nottingham).

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has calculated that if every eligible council covered by the consultation adopted the WPL, then businesses will be left with huge costs amounting to £3.4 billion.

The BCC is calling for the Secretary of State to reject Nottingham City Council’s application and to abolish the blueprint for this stealth tax nationally.

With the economy now in recession and firms struggling with cash-flow, the tax will be detrimental for companies, towns and local economies.


HMRC Offers NW Businesses Help In Hard Times January 16, 2009

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tax1If you’re worried about paying your tax on time, whether as a business or an individual, then get in touch with HMRC’s Business Payment Support Service (BPSS) as soon as possible.

Over 2250 business in the North West have delayed paying over £49 million of tax after contacting the BPSS. The telephone number is 0845 302 1435 and the lines are open from 8am to 8pm during the week and 8am to 4pm at weekends.

HMRC has set up this service to help those who are in business or who are self-employed, and who have temporary financial problems with paying Income Tax, National Insurance, VAT, PAYE, some duties or other payments.

The service offers a fast and streamlined way of setting up a time to pay agreement based on an affordable timetable. In the majority of cases the caller will get a decision and have a payment arrangement set up within 10 minutes.

Terms are being agreed on a case-by-case basis and HMRC will be as flexible as possible, with the aim of bringing the business’s tax back up to date on a timetable that is both reasonable and takes into account each individual situation. If your affairs are too complex to be dealt with in one call, the BPSS will call you back as soon as a decision has been made. This will happen within the region of four working days.

The service is for new enquiries only and acts as a supplement for HMRC’s existing time to pay arrangements. If you have already been contacted by HMRC about an overdue payment then just call the office that originally contacted you.

If you need any more information, visit the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/pbr2008/business-payment.htm. Then make sure you have the following information to hand: a tax reference number, details of the taxes that you are worried about and a date when you expect to be able to pay the bill.

The service is there so that we know in advance of any problems. If you think that you will need more time to pay your tax, please contact us as early as you can.  Please do not wait until the last minute or until payment is overdue.

You’ll feel a whole lot better once you have made that call, so why don’t you pick up the phone?

Meet The Taxman – He’s Nice Really! October 27, 2008

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On 2 December, at Liverpool Chamber, local businesses are invited to come and meet the taxman.

Representatives from Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs will be on hand to hear your views on tax issues and what they can do to address the needs of small business. There will be no set agenda, other than HMRC briefly giving the background to why it is important to them to understand the needs of business.

The main focus will be on hearing from businesses what challenges they are facing, what their views on HMRC are, what HMRC is doing well, where HMRC could improve etc. What they want to do is to supplement information they have from research with first hand information from businesses to help design products / processes etc that are less burdensome for business and more tailored to business needs.

But don’t worry! Attendees can be anonymous if you like, and HMRC have given assurance that they will not get involved in your tax affairs unless you want them too. Any lessons we learn will be anonymised, and the event should be seen as an opportunity to influence thinking and policy at the highest levels of HMRC.

So no-one’s going to be rummaging through your bins looking for bank statements.

The event is FREE, and will include a buffet lunch.

If you are interested in attending, please email Liverpool Chamber’s Head of Policy Maresa Molloy.

NI Cut – Is Cameron Right? October 20, 2008

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Conservative leader David Camereon has today propsed a 1p cut in National Insurance. The move is designed to help small businesses with four or fewer employees. He says it could save them up to £600.

From the BBC article:

Mr Cameron … said he wanted a six-month VAT holiday for small and medium-sized firms and called on local authorities to pay small businesses within 20 days for their services, rather than 30

For Labour, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper said she was confused over how the Tories planned to pay for the national insurance cut.

She told BBC Radio’s Five Live increasing tax elsewhere in the business system “seems to me like putting taxes up”.

But what do you think? Let us know in the quick survey below.

If you’d like to discuss this in more detail, why not leave us a comment?

Mersey Entrepreneurs Targeted By Free Advice Workshops August 22, 2008

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A leading Merseyside business support agency is staging a series of free advice workshops for recently established small businesses covering a range of issues including book-keeping, tax and e-marketing.

The workshops are being staged by Blue Orchid at its Old Hall Street offices in the Cotton Exchange as well as locations across the region and places must be pre-booked in advance.

Blue Orchid director Chris Brown said the events are designed to help smaller businesses which need additional expertise and guidance.

“Small businesses do not have the luxury of large numbers of staff for every discipline,” she said. “These events focus on areas which require specialist knowledge and expertise. The workshops are run by people who understand the pressures of running a business. We offer practical advice which focuses on improving firm’s profitability and efficiency.”

Click ‘more’ for the full events timetable.