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Employers face stricter rules over workers’ rights

Government announces plans to modernise flexible workers’ rights.

Property proves most popular retirement saving option

Workplace pensions seen as the safest option for retirement saving.

Record number of tax returns submitted on time

4.8 million submit 2016/17 returns with less than a month to go.

Taxpayers reclaim £493m from HMRC

Revenue accused of 'tax first, ask questions later' approach.

Self-employed workers ‘failing to prepare financially’

Lack of business savings puts sole traders at risk.

Chancellor calls for IHT review

Review needed to simplify ‘complex’ system.

Startup numbers fall after IR35 clampdown

Business formation drops by over 23,000 in 2017.

Economic growth exceeds forecasts

Growth in services and manufacturing boosts the economy.

Government reforms funeral payments scheme

£700 maximum contribution falls short of funeral costs.

1 in 3 tax returns still outstanding

3 million returns are due, just 6 days before the deadline.

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